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Tornado Survival Tips for Denver?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Tornado Season in Denver?

Did you know that Denver and other parts of eastern Colorado are part of the United States region known as Tornado Alley? On average, Colorado gets about sixty tornadoes a year, and although most of them occur in May, June, and July, tornadoes have been reported nine months out of the year. The last tornado to hit Denver happened in 1988, but others have happened close to the city over the years.

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, we respond to storm damage emergencies of all kinds in the Denver area. Here are some tips from the website, Ready.gov on what to do to survive during a tornado:

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Call Us!

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to restore storm damage in Denver, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

High Customer Approval in Aurora?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Committed to Excellence

At SERVPRO® of Denver West, we work hard to ensure our customers are happy with the services we provide. Here are some customer testimonials from our website:


“Had a strange musty smell coming from my 1st floor. Turned out to be sewage backed up in the crawl space. I have a large 1900+ basement/1st floor with only a one-foot crawlspace. From the first time SERVPRO of Denver West showed up they were extremely professional, got all the water and sewage pumped out. The damaged section of the basement encapsulation membrane was also removed with zero residue left behind. They also brought in air scrubbers and high-end airdrying machines for the crawl space. Super clean work, on time, responsive and highly professional. Estefany Sanchez, the Crew Chief, made sure everything was done with zero issues and was in constant contact with me to reassure me everything would be taken care of. Thank you, Estefany.” V Singh, Aurora


“Very polite and courteous team. Professional. I would definitely recommend SERVPRO of Denver West.” Advanced Auto Parts, Aurora

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SERVPRO® of Denver West cares about our customers. Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to restore your property damage in Aurora, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Emergency Ready Plan for Denver Commercial Businesses?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Faster to Any Size Disaster

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Denver West has a Commercial Division completely dedicated to providing the highest level of support and service for our commercial clients and their properties? Our SERVPRO of Denver West Commercial Division understands the needs and complexities of commercial buildings. Planning ahead of time for emergency services saves our clients time and money.

Emergency READY Program

We work with each company to develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, free of charge. This profile includes an immediate plan of action that addresses what to do and what to expect in the event of a fire or water damage emergency and ways to minimize the damage. We will help you create an Emergency READY Program for each of your properties so when disaster strikes, you will be ready!

Commercial Restoration Services

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When your commercial business needs fire and water mitigation services, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to mitigate and remediate property damage, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your commercial property damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Restoration Specialists in Englewood?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Faster to Any Size Disaster

After the fire has been extinguished, we are often the next team to arrive on the scene. SERVPRO® of Denver West employs some of the most highly trained fire restoration technicians in the Denver area, and we have been mitigating fire damage losses for years in Englewood.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Using the right tools and cleaning methods are key to quickly and efficiently restoring fire damage. Our professionals are trained to know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.

  • Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue

We pretest all items prior to cleaning to determine the appropriate cleaning method, and we work quickly and methodically from the source of the fire out to the other parts of the structure.

Call Us!

When your home or business needs fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our fire restoration technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to mitigate and remediate fire damage. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your fire damage in Englewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Snow Dam Fixes for Cherry Creek?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A man is shoveling snow off of his roof on a sunny day. We are leaders in water damage mitigation in Denver.

Denver Ice Dam Fix?

An article published in the Denver Post discusses ways to stop leaks from ice dams on roofs. The article describes the many conditions that encourage ice dams to form and some cures. Basically, ice dams form when roof temperatures fluctuate between freezing and above freezing on a roof. The frozen area prevents the unfrozen water from draining, and this causes standing water to seep underneath the roofing materials and cause water damage.

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to water damage emergencies often in Cherry Creek and other areas of Denver and offers these tips from the Denver Post article to cool down the roof and minimize the occurrence of ice dam formation:

  • Install insulation or more insulation in the attic floor and keep it out of the eaves and soffit vents.
  • Ventilate the attic by installing a ridge vent along the entire length of the roof’s ridge.
    • Install soffit vents on the soffit on each side of the house.

Call Us!

When your home or business experiences a water damage emergency of any kind or size, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to mitigate your water damage. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your water damage in Cherry Creek, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 TOP TEN

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Entrepreneur Magazine 42nd Annual Franchise 500 Ranking:

SERVPRO ranked #1 in its category in 2021, rounding out the TOP TEN for the year. SERVPRO of Denver West joins the #1 brand in cleanup and restoration. This is SERVPRO's eighth time in the top 10. It was #27 on last year's list. This year's accomplishment rounds out a couple of big years of growth, and it helped catapult the company back into Entrepreneur's top 10.

SERVPRO of Denver West is a first-response company, we go in when everyone else is running out!

As your local fire, water, cleanup and restoration company. SERVPRO of Denver West IICRC certified professionals will make it "Like it never even happened."

Thank you to all our past customers, and cheers to all the new relationships we will build.

Customer Reviews

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Denver West, we are dedicated to restoring your property to “Like it never even happened.” As a locally owned and operated company, providing the best possible customer service is our business.  Our Communication plan starts with a 1/4/8 process. The initial phone call will be responded to within the 1st hour of the loss, within 4 hours  or less of the call, we will be onsite for our initial walk through, and crews will be dispatched for any EMERGENCY work needed. We will scope the loss, and within 8 hours of the initial call we will have a PLAN in place, and that plan will be communicated through a briefing process within the first 8 hours.

We appreciate when customers take the time to share your experience. Your review helps us better serve you and our community. Thank you again for choosing SERVPRO of Denver West.

Winter Storm Hits Texas

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Winter Storm hit Texas hard. The winter weather that hit Texas February 13-17 paralyzed cities, snarled up roads and wrecked havoc on infrastructure and utility systems. Thousands of homes and apartments have ben affected because of busted pipes in Houston alone

With several hundred storm crews on the ground in Texas, and more on the way, we’re responding as quickly as possible. With historic volume, waitlists are in place and they're being reduced each day. Once off the waitlist and the job is dispatched, the response time varies and is challenging to estimate at this time. We understand this is a very difficult time for many and we’re doing all we can to assist our customers and clients quickly. SERVPRO Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration "Like it never even happened."  

Top Three Reasons to Call SERVPRO® of Denver West

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Choose SERVPRO of Denver West?

SERVPRO® of Denver West is an IICRC-registered firm that has been proudly providing emergency restoration and specialty cleaning services to businesses and residents of the West Denver area for years. Here are three good reasons to choose us when you need help:

  1. Highly Certified Team

We are one of the most highly certified franchises serving the Denver area. We hold over fourteen different certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and a General Contractor License, so we can supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services and follow the job from the initial cleanup phase through to final restoration.

  1. Commitment to Community

We are invested in our community and are affiliated with many local and national organizations including:

  • AHEC – Area Health Education Centers
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • BOAC
  • Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
  • Community College of Aurora
  • IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration
  • Metro State University
  • Parker Chamber of Commerce
  • PIIAC – Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
  • RIMS-Rocky Mountain Chapter (Risk Management Professionals)
  1. Award-winning franchise

To date, we have received over eight awards for outstanding service and performance.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Denver West is proud to serve the Denver community. Call us today at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleaning in Englewood?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Late Night Crime

Late one night in January, a man attempted to rob my Englewood convenience store. A review of the security camera footage showed the scene as it unfolded. The robber was pointing a gun at the clerk behind the counter and was caught off guard by a good Samaritan who came from the back of the store and tackled the robber. The gun went off, but the shot went wide, and the robber was quickly knocked to the ground and pinned down.

The Englewood Police Department came out and arrested the robber. They took statements from my store clerk and the good Samaritan and were through with the investigation in an hour. Blood and glass covered the floor, and a whole shelving unit was knocked over during the skirmish. I had to get the crime scene professionally cleaned before I could reopen the store.

SERVPRO® of Denver West was called, and they arrived quickly with the equipment and protective safety gear to mitigate the bloodborne pathogens and other bodily fluids. By the time they were through my store was safely decontaminated and I was back in business.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Denver West employs some of the most highly certified restoration technicians in the Denver area. We are on call  24 hours a day to assist commercial businesses with trauma and crime scene cleanup. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll clean and restore your crime scene in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm After-effects in Castle Rock?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Frostbitten in Castle Rock?

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies frequently in the Denver and Castle Rock areas during the winter months and offers these winter weather tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for staying healthy after a severe weather event happens:

  • Frostbite causes loss of feeling and color around the face, fingers, and toes.
    • Signs: Numbness, white or grayish-yellow skin, and firm or waxy skin.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Soak in warm water. Use body heat to warm. Do not massage or use a heating pad.
  • Hypothermia is an unusually low body temperature. A temperature below 95 degrees is an emergency.
    • Signs: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.
    • Actions: Go to a warm room. Warm the center of the body first—chest, neck, head, and groin. Keep dry and wrapped up in warm blankets, including the head and neck.
  • Call 911 if you need immediate attention. The threat of a winter storm can add additional stress. Follow CDC guidance for managing stress during a traumatic event and managing stress during COVID-19.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Castle Rock, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Plan for Denver High-rise Living?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

The Denver city skyline is shown at night. West Denver residents rely on us to clean up and restore fire damage.

SERVPRO® of Denver West has been responding to fire damage emergencies for years in the Denver area, and we know that having an emergency escape plan in the event of a fire emergency can save your life and the lives of your loved ones. Here are some tips for escaping a fire from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke or a disability, STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out.
  • CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
  • Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time.
  • Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

Call Us Today!

If your high-rise apartment or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call  24 hours a day and have the advanced training and equipment to mitigate any fire damage. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your fire damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Vandalism in Aurora?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Drive-by disaster

We heard the crash in the middle of the night. When we investigated, we couldn’t see any cause, but my son discovered the broken window and the bricklaying underneath the windowsill in the morning. It’s never great to have a broken window, but in the winter, it’s a bigger issue as heat escapes, and winter rain and snow can get in through the structure's compromised area.

SERVPRO® of Denver West mitigates vandalism damage, and our highly trained team has the specialized training, experience, and equipment to restore property damage to preloss condition quickly and with minimal disruption to your family. Here are the services we offer:

When we arrive, we will quickly secure the structure to minimize further damage and immediately begin the restoration process. We can also help you with the insurance process and paperwork!

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When your commercial business has a vandalism or property damage emergency of any kind, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call  24 hours a day and can usually be on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Aurora, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

Beyond the standard cleaning protocols we know your business is implementing, take an additional step to make sure all your locations have received a higher cleaning standard with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

The world has changed what it means to be clean, so let customers and employees know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

You can show employees and customers you've chosen a higher level of cleaning. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program can be as frequent as a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service, designed just for your business. 

Contact SERVPRO of Denver West to receive a quote for your business , we just need Square Footage, and frequency desired. Since the onset outbreak of COVID-19 , we have had a proven track record of successful weekly cleanings.

Call us today 303-576-6868

Commercial Roof Damage in Denver?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Mile High Nightmare

This is a picture of something you never want to see when you come into work on a Monday, but there it was, a gaping hole in my warehouse roof, and lots of water covering the floor. Evidently the roof experienced some damage during the last storm when high winds ripped off some shingles and compromised the roof’s integrity. With all the snow on the roof there was no way of telling that the damage had happened until the snow melted, and you know the rest of the story. . .

Thankfully, I had used SERVPRO® of Denver West in the past and called them right away. They responded quickly and immediately tarped and secured the roof to minimize further damage and extracted the water from the floor. Once the room was completely dry, they repaired the roof and repainted the ceiling. Our employees were able to work in a safe, dry environment, and in just a few days, the repair was complete, and my warehouse was returned to preloss condition.

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business has a property damage emergency of any kind, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call  24 hours a day and can usually be on site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Worst Blizzard in Centennial.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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The Worst Storm in Colorado History

The most recent severe winter storm in Colorado history was recorded in 2006, fifteen years ago. Between December 20 and 21, a blizzard hit Denver just before Christmas, dumping 20.7 inches of snow. The metro area was completely blocked, and hundreds of motorists had to be rescued. The Denver International Airport canceled many flights and affected many people’s Christmas plans across the country.

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage in the Denver and Centennial area 24 hours a day. When we arrive, we will assess the damage and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. If there is structural damage, we will tarp and board up any compromised areas to prevent further damage. We will also extract any water and set up air movers and air blowers to completely dry the area to prevent warping and other water damage.

Call Us Today!

No matter how severe the storm or the storm damage, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to mitigate storm damage, no matter how big the job is.  Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Centennial, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Intrusion Damage in Englewood?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water has seeped into the basement of a structure. We clean and restore water intrusion damage in Denver!

Water intrusion prevention tips.

Water intrusion is the unwanted movement of water and water vapor into a structure. SERVPRO® of Denver West witnesses firsthand the damage that water can do to a home or commercial business in Englewood and we have a team of water restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to mitigate water damage jobs of all kinds and sizes.

Water damage is one of the most expensive types of damage a structure can experience, but there are many things that can be done to prevent this from occurring. Here are some tips for preventing water intrusion from the University of San Diego:

  • Ensure windows of buildings can close and seal to prevent rainwater intrusion or the potential for condensation from outdoor humidity levels.
  • Identify and quickly fix roof leaks, window leaks, or door leaks.
  • Reseal roofs, flashing and ensure proper distance of fascia to reduce water penetration to the building façade.
  • Keep rain gutters and floor drains clear of debris to prevent water backup and flooding.
  • Immediately fix leaky plumbing fixtures and clogged toilets or drains.

Call Us!

When you need someone to mitigate water damage, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help.® Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll restore your property damage in Englewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Ceilings and Walls

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Ceilings and Walls

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Denver West can help.

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. You can also reach out to us to learn more about air duct and HVAC cleaning.

Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Need Professional Cleaning?

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Professional Cleaning

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

We receive this question many times from concerned callers: "Can I just spray bleach on it?" 

Using bleach to take care of mold was once recommended by agencies such as OSHA and the EPA. However, they have since been revised after research revealed that the "do-all, be-all cure" for killing microbial growth, actually had the opposite effect. First, let us take a look at how mold forms to understand why using bleach is not effective. 

Mold needs water, food and typically a warm temperature to grow. This illustrates the first reason to call SERVPRO of Denver West: If mold is growing, chances are that the materials are wet. There has likely been a water loss of some sort, and until it is properly dried, mold will continue to grow. 

The chlorine in bleach, due to its ionic composition, cannot penetrate porous surfaces. Porous surfaces include materials such as drywall, ceilings, wood, carpet and many others. Spraying bleach on the mold will only kill it on the surface. Many people do not know that mold actually has roots called hyphae. These roots will still remain in the porous material and eventually rise to the surface again. Remember that bleach contains both chlorine and water. The chlorine cannot make it below the surface - but the water can. Thus, you are actually replenishing the mold with one of the key things it needs to grow - water! Secondly, it will "bleach" the color, making it appear that the mold is gone. Again, this is only on the surface. 

At SERVPRO of Denver West we use specialized products, designed to travel deep into porous surfaces to remove mold at its roots. Sometimes we cannot remove the mold from the material and the material must be completely removed from the home for the safety of you and your family. Our technicians are trained to differentiate between what can be safely cleaned and what cannot. In addition, live mold releases spores into the air. The air in your home may need to be treated with specialty equipment to make sure that all spores are removed. 

Water Shut Off Valve Location

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Locate your Home’s Emergency Water Shut-Off Valve in the Event of a Plumbing Disaster

If something goes seriously wrong with your home's plumbing system, such as a burst pipe that’s spraying water on your walls and floors, you’ll want to stop your home’s water flow as soon as you can. To do this, you’ll need to know where your emergency water shut-off valve is located and how to use it properly.

Where are emergency water shut-off valves located?

Depending on your home, your emergency water shut-off valve can be located in one of a few different places. The first place is outside near your water meter. Your water meter will either be located on the side of your house or in the front of your house near the street, and it will likely be in a covered box. Some homes also have a water shut-off valve located where the main water line enters the home.

Ceiling Cleaning Services in Denver?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The clean, white ceiling of a large office complex is shown. We offer a wide range of specialty cleaning services to businesses in the West Denver area.

We climb walls!

First impressions are so important. Sparkling clean offices and showrooms in Denver are inviting and are enjoyable to spend time in. The condition of the ceilings, walls, and hard floors, are the most telling signs of good maintenance, followed by the furnishings and décor. Although we are known primarily for our fire and water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Denver West also provides commercial cleaning services that go way beyond the scope of a routine janitorial service. Our restoration technicians are specially trained to clean everything from commercial restaurant hoods to safely removing biohazard contaminants.  

Ceilings and walls

These surfaces should be cleaned as part of a maintenance schedule to keep your business looking its best. If you are planning to paint, we also recommend having these surfaces professionally cleaned to help the primer and paint adhere to the walls.

Hard Floors

At a glance, hard floors can look okay, but they accumulate soil over time, so it’s a good idea to have the floors professionally cleaned to remove this buildup.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Denver West is ready when you need specialty deep cleaning services to make your offices or commercial business look its best. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll professionally deep clean your ceilings, walls, and floors in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damages

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with fire damage, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Denver West is ready to respond. Immediate action and fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. Our IICRC certified technicians have the knowledge and specialized equipment to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our emergency response teams are prepared with emergency equipment at all times. Our helpful office staff will be ready  to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

SERVPRO of Denver West, is part of the SERVPRO corporate National Disaster and Large Loss Response Team. We specializes in fire, water damage, and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, soot, wind and water conditions.

When it comes to severe house fires, fire damage is only the beginning. Where there's fire damage, there's often supplemental damage done to wiring, plumbing, and appliances. If the fire causes a pipe to burst, then water damage may become an issue. Smoke and soot can saturate carpets, furniture, walls and other surfaces, which will require extensive cleaning. 

SERVPRO of Denver West professionals are experts at both fire and water damage as well as disaster cleanup, so we've got all the tools and experience needed to tackle even the most pervasive of fires in both commercial and residential buildings.

Preventing Damages in your retail space

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, the well-being of your establishment is, and should be, extremely important to you. When a problem arises, it’s up to you and your employees to handle the situation as soon as possible. As a business owner, how can you do this, and is it even possible? Yes, it is possible, and we have a few things you can do.

To Help Prevent Severe Mold Damage The best way to prevent mold damage from occurring is to take note of the conditions in which your business is operating. This is everything from effective mopping techniques at night, preventing excess water from lingering, to watching humidity levels throughout the day. If you think you’re experiencing the onset of mold, it’s important to address this as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.

To Help Prevent Severe Water Damage Similar to mold, water damage occurs mainly due to . . . excess moisture and water! As funny as it is to read because it seems like common sense, we sometimes overlook minor issues because they appear insignificant. To prevent water from infiltrating and harming your business, make sure to look for signs of excess water on the floor, behind walls, in the ceiling, and more. This can evident by seeing dark or dried water spots, noticing a funky smell, or spotting warped paneling or droopy paint. It’s important to handle these warning signs before they become a major issue!

To Help Prevent Major Fire Damage To prevent fire damage, it’s important to know what might cause a fire in your business. Employees may feel less stressed and enjoy lighting a candle in the office; however, we strongly recommend against it. Open flames, dry air, and clutter can all eventually contribute to a fire, especially if there are a lot of electrical outlets or plugs near your clutter. Should you encounter any sort of damage at your business, know that there is a local company ready to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO  of Denver West has been helping local families and businesses recover after all types of losses—303-576-6868

Fire Sprinkler damage

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

overhead sprinkler discharged water damage from a sprinkler system

If you think water damage from a sprinkler system only happens when a fire breaks out, it’s time to take another look at those overhead pipes. The system can help contain the spread of a blaze and save lives, but it can also ruin interiors, inventory and equipment during an ordinary work day.

Are you prepared to handle a non-emergency fire sprinkler system failure at your commercial property?

FIRE SPRINKLERS IN COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FAIL EVERY DAY. OLDER SYSTEM PIPES AND SPRINKLER HEADS RUST AND CORRODE. REMODELS AND FLOOR PLAN CHANGES LEAVE SPRINKLERS TOO CLOSE TO HEAT SOURCES. WINTER WEATHER FREEZES AND RUPTURES SYSTEM PIPES.

When a fire sprinkler head accidentally discharges, it soaks walls, floors, furniture and anyone unlucky enough to be nearby. Regular maintenance can’t guarantee it won’t happen. SERVPRO of Denver West is ready to respond to these unexpected sprinkler breakdowns.

ADVANCE PLANNING PUTS YOU IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO HANDLE FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM FAILURE. IT CAN REDUCE THE EXTENT AND COST OF WATER DAMAGE TO YOUR BUILDING AND INCREASE THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE IN AFFECTED AREAS.

  • Ask your sprinkler installer to help you become familiar with the system.
  • Designate employees from different shifts as responders to sprinkler system malfunctions.
  • Locate shut-off valves specific to different building areas as well as the property’s main water shut-off valve.
  • Know how to operate all shut-off valves and how to turn off electricity throughout the building.
  • Post emergency numbers for the sprinkler system company, your insurance agent and SERVPRO of Denver West for Emergency Mitigation.

WHEN FIRE SPRINKLER HEADS ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGE –   THEY RELEASE A SPRAY OF DIRTY WATER CONTAMINATED WITH RUST, OIL AND SEDIMENT. THE MIXTURE STAINS SURFACES AND SPREADS STRONG, UNPLEASANT ODORS THROUGH THE ENTIRE BUILDING. DON’T TRY TO TACKLE THE MESS ON YOUR OWN. LEAVE CLEANUP TO THE EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS AT SERVPRO OF DENVER WEST

  • Our cleanup and mitigation take care of all interior materials including sheetrock, carpets and flooring.
  • IICRC Certified restoration technicians can often salvage damaged furniture, equipment and even paper records
  • Specialized equipment makes professional cleanup and restoration work thoroughly and fast.
  • If the unexpected happens and soaks your building from ceilings to floors, our teams are ready to respond. We handle both commercial property and house water damage repair, and we know how to work with insurance companies.
  • Call us 303-576-6868

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees building vaults TEAMWORK

SERVPRO of Denver West Mission, Vision and Core Values are an important part of why customers choose us!

MISSION:  To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect.

VISION: To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in COLORADO.

CORE VALUES: Believe in the SERVPRO dream. To grow relationships both internally within our franchise, as well as our continued relationships with our external customers -YOU!

When everyone is equally dedicated and involved in doing their part, you’ll find that teamwork helps get things done faster and better. When every member of the team is goal-oriented, we work more efficiently, come up with better ideas and avoid mistakes. And let’s not forget the fact that teamwork brings new friends. How wonderful does it feel like to celebrate a success with your team?

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Storm Damage in Englewood?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

The City of Denver, Colorado, is shown covered in snow. We are storm damage restoration specialists in Denver.

Denver in December

I’ll never forget the time I was in Denver for a business trip. We were set to travel to Vail to ski that night, and we got caught in a terrible blizzard. It took us two hours to travel fifteen miles back to the hotel!

December weather in Englewood is cold. The average high temperatures range from 27 degrees to 45 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low temperatures range anywhere from -4 degrees below zero to 23 degrees Fahrenheit. SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to storm damage emergencies during the winter season often, and our team of highly trained restoration technicians can be mobilized night or day to answer your call for help.

When we arrive, we will provide an assessment of the damage and immediately secure the structure by tarping the roof in instances of roof damage, and board up broken windows and doors. We will extract any water and set up air blowers and dehumidifiers to completely dry the damaged area, and after the area is completely dry, we will repair any other damage and clean and restore your property to preloss condition!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of storm restoration specialists on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size storm damage emergency. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your storm damage in Englewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

What type of water damage are you experiencing?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

water soaked tile floor Water damage

Category 1 – Clean Water Damage

Water damage from a category 1 classification is from clean and sanitary sources, such as:

  • Water lines
  • Faucets
  • Toilet tanks
  • Drinking fountains
  • Showerheads
  • Rainwater (sometimes)

Although this water is clean, it does not come without risks. If it is not cleaned quickly, it can degrade into category 2—leading to health issues for those inhabiting the structure.

Category 2 – Grey Water Damage

Water damage from a category 2 classification is from sources that have a level of contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. These sources include:

  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Toilets with urine, but not feces
  • Other sources where water has been used

Category 3 – Black or Unsanitary Water Damage

Water damage from a category 3 classification, sometimes called black water, contains dangerously unsanitary contaminants. It could cause serious illness, or even death if ingested. Category 3 water damage includes water from:

  • Sewers
  • Toilets with feces
  • Rivers or streams
  • Stagnant water bodies that have become a habitat for bacterial growth

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is necessary,

Call SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals

303-576-6868

Matterport Capabilities

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Denver West has Matterport capabilities. Here is a "virtual tour" of how we utilize the 3D-360 degree imaging to assist our Commercial Customers, as well as assist Insurance Adjusters in maximizing a claim.

SERVPRO of  Denver West uses a 3D camera, either a 360° spherical camera, or a lidar camera or our Project Managers iPhone or iPad to scan your space. With Matterport  we can capture your loss, we can scan any space, from a room in a home or hotel to an entire office building or factory. Capable of extremely accurate measurements, to save time, to reduce costs, to streamline processes, to make our customers business life a little easier.

Click on the link to watch this "virtual tour" of using Matterport technologies.

https://youtu.be/WxPa5qUG6rY

Contact Us 303-576-6868

Ice Dam

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

house covered in snow Ice Damming

What is an ice dam? An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.

When the weather warms, snow melts and flows toward the gutters. Ice dams block the flow of this water, causing the water to backup underneath the roof shingles. When the water backs up above the waterproof protective barrier, it begins leaking into your house. 

Don't Stress Over Water Damage - SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals Respond Quickly To Cleanup Your Property.  Faster to any size Disaster, we can handle , Big Or Small, Residential or Commercial.  Phenomenal Service. IICRC Trained & Certified.  Need Emergency Service? Call us 24/7

 303-576-6868

Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Denver?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree and a room filled with holiday presents and holiday decorations is shown. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Denver

Holidays Can Be Dangerous

There is nothing as precious as seeing children getting excited for the holiday season. It brings out the kid in all of us, and their enthusiasm is catching! One year I made a stocking for my dog, Barclay, and when we came down to open our presents, he jumped up and snatched his stocking and raced under the bed, staying there the rest of the day enjoying his Christmas fare!

SERVPRO® of Denver West responds to lots of fire damage emergencies in the Denver area this time of year, and offers these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website to help prevent a Christmas tree fire from starting:

Lighting the Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect safely.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Call Us

SERVPRO® of Denver West has a team of fire restoration specialists on call 24 hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your fire damage in Denver, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Priority Service Agreement

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Priority Response provides commercial customers with immediate response and the highest level of customer service in the commercial restoration industry. SERVPRO of Denver West Business Development Team will work with your business to develop a Priority Service Agreement (PSA)  which is  focused on your  priorities and will  identify the needs of your business as our commercial customer. This (PSA) creates customer confidence as we will put your Emergency Loss as top priority.  To execute this (PSA) we will have already established an Emergency Ready Plan for your business, a free benefit to our commercial customers. Once the Emergency ready plan is completed, and the Priority Service Agreement signed, SERVPRO of Denver West will respond immediately to identify the situation, and offer assistance to stabilize and mitigate commercial losses. SERVPRO of Denver West IICRC trained professionals are part of  SERVPRO® Corporate  Large Loss Response Team, and Commercial Large Loss Division, leaving our Commercial Customers secure knowing Priority Response is in place to secure and successfully mitigate your loss. Call us 303-576-6868. Ask for Business Development Team. We will assist in your Emergency Ready Plan and  Priority Service Agreement.  

Hidden Water Damage in Denver?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

A water-damaged wall has been broken open to expose a faulty water pipe. We are on call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies in Denver and the Cherry Creek area!

Water Damage Claims in the U.S.

Did you know that the third most frequent insurance claim in the United States falls into the category of water damage and freezing? According to the Insurance Information Institute, homeowners’ water damage claims averaged $10,849 per claim from 2014 to 2018. Hidden water damage can be especially costly as the water has time to seep into the drywall, insulation, baseboards, floors, and subfloors causing structural damage if left undetected for too long.

Cherry Creek residents know that SERVPRO® of Denver West has technicians available 24 hours a day to respond to your call. We use state-of-the-art water extraction equipment and our water restoration technicians are specially trained to mitigate category one, two, and three emergencies. After we extract the water, we install air blowers and dehumidifiers to remove the excess water from the area to prevent further damage to the floors, walls, and furnishings. Because we have a General Contractor License, we can also take care of structural repairs.

Call Us Today!

If your home or commercial business experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Denver West is Here to Help. ® We have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to get the job done right - quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your property damage in Cherry Creek, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

How To Winterize Your Sprinklers

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

When frost levels reach below the depth of irrigation systems, any leftover water in the lines can freeze and cause damage. You may even end up with flooding in your basement if your sprinkler lines burst due to expanding ice. Winterizing can help prevent this damage from occurring and save you from having to pay for costly repairs in the spring. Here’s how you can winterize your sprinklers based on the type of system you have. 

Three Ways to Winterize

There are three fundamental methods for draining water from your irrigation system. The method you should choose depends on the kind of irrigation you have installed beneath your yard. If you’re not sure what type of system you have or don’t feel comfortable winterizing on your own, contact a professional. Otherwise, you can winterize your system using one of the following methods.

Manual Valves

Certain irrigation systems have manual drainage features that allow you to flush excess water from the system by opening a valve. If you have this type of system, first, cut off the water to the system. Next, find the manual valves at the low points and end points of the piping. Open every valve and drain all the water from the system (include the backflow device).

Some sprinklers are also equipped with check valves that let water flow in one direction only. If you have this type of system, you will probably need to elevate the sprinkler heads to allow water to drain from those mechanisms. Once you’ve thoroughly drained the entire system, be sure to shut all of the valves.

Automatic Valves

Some irrigation systems are built with valves that automatically drain water from the pipes whenever pressure falls below a specified number of pounds per square inch. If you have one of these systems, you can activate this feature by shutting off the water supply and briefly operating one of the heads to relieve the pressure in the system. Bear in mind, you may still have to drain all the water between the backflow device and shut-off valve. If the heads have check valves, you will have to empty those separately.

Blow-Out Method

Commonly used to winterize sprinkler systems, the blow-out method involves forcing compressed air through the entire irrigation system to push water through the heads. 

For this method you will need:

  • An air compressor with a rating of 80-100 CFM
  • A coupler that properly fits your irrigation system
  • Safety goggles

Start by shutting down the water supply and then use the coupler to connect the air compressor to your irrigation system. Do not blow compressed air directly into the backflow device. 

Next, locate the sprinkler station farthest and highest from the compressor and turn it on. Shut all the backflow valves, and then slowly open the valve on your air compressor. Gradually add more air pressure so you can quickly cut off the air supply if necessary. Be careful not to exceed 80PSI and don’t stand near any active heads while you are blowing out an irrigation system.

If things are working correctly, you should see a burst of water from the active head. Starting with the furthest head and working toward the compressor, activate every head in turn, shutting each one off again when the water stops coming out. Once you’ve finished with every head, disconnect the compressor and release any remaining air from the system. Open and close all the valves on the backflow device to let out pent up air pressure.

Things to Consider

Bear in mind that this method can be hazardous to certain irrigation systems and anyone who tries it without taking the right safety precautions. If you haven’t worked with compressed air or have no experience blowing out irrigation systems, save yourself from potential repair costs and injuries by hiring a professional to do it for you.

Unfortunately, when sprinklers burst due to freezing water, they can cause basements to flood. If you’ve suffered flooding, the experts at SERVPRO of Denver West can help restore your home to its original state. Contact our skilled team of experts to learn more.

Warning Signs You May Have Mold

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Molds are types of fungi that can grow outdoors or indoors, usually in warm, damp environments. Household molds are most commonly found around basements, bathrooms, drywall, ceiling tiles, wallpaper, carpet, under sinks, and around plumbing pipes. Unfortunately, when mold begins developing in a home, it can cause extensive damage and can cause health effects. Here are some signs that you might have mold growing in your home, along with some tips for preventing it’s growth in the first place. 

Paint bubbles up on your walls.

Has paint begun bubbling up or peeling away from your walls? This is a sure sign of excessive moisture. You won’t be able to solve the problem by applying a fresh coat of paint. Instead, you will have to find the source of the moisture that’s causing the issue. It could be a plumbing failure, excessive humidity or a leaky window sill. 

You notice water stains. 

Yellow or brown stains on your ceiling can point toward a leaky roof or plumbing problem. By the time you notice a stain, there’s a good chance mold will have developed behind your walls or ceiling. If you catch the problem fast enough, a mold remediation company can clean things up without too much trouble. If you wait too long, however, cleanup will be more complicated and costly. 

Rust develops. 

If you notice rusty pipes, you may have a higher moisture level which can lead to mold problems. Condensation can also be a sure sign that there is too much moisture in the air within your home. Unfortunately, mold can flourish in humid conditions which allow condensation to build up. 

You can use a digital hygrometer to test your home's humidity level. If you get a high score, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to place in problematic areas of your home. 

You see warping and deterioration.

Wood and drywall can warp or deteriorate when exposed to moisture. Moisture issues can also lead to chipping or peeling paint and peeling wallpaper. Anytime you notice warping or deterioration, you want to find the reason. More often than not, it will have something to do with moisture in your home.

Why You Need to Act Fast

Mold can also seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home. If left to spread, mold can lead to very expensive remediation treatments that could have been avoided with prompt action. Fortunately, if you do act quickly you may be able to eliminate your mold problem for a much more affordable rate. 

SERVPRO® of West Denver has the knowledge, specialized equipment and protective gear to handle any type of mold problem. Our skilled team is able to eliminate mold and filter the air to return your home to its normal, healthy state. Our 7-step mold remediation process begins with you, the customer. Contact us to learn more. Our emergency team is standing by 24/7 to listen and gather information about your mold situation and respond in a quick, effective manner.

The Different Types of Floods and The Damage They Can Cause

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

From farms to businesses to residential homes, virtually no structure is immune to flood damage. While they can occur almost anywhere, floods come in different forms, depending on the cause and location. Here are the most common types of floods, along with some insight into their destructive power.

Coastal Flooding

Coastal floods are caused by storms and strong winds that move toward coastal regions during high tide. When large waves breach dunes or dikes, the area can rapidly flood. Coastal areas with lower elevations and weak defenses are at the greatest risk. 

Urban Flooding

Urban flooding can occur when a town or city is unable to cope with heavy rain. In most cases, the local drainage system becomes overwhelmed, causing water to flow out onto the streets. Even a few inches of urban flooding can lead to significant structural damage, especially in low-lying neighborhoods. 

River Flooding  (Fluvial Floods)

A river flood, or fluvial flood, happens when the water in a river, stream or lake overflows onto the surrounding shores, banks and/or neighboring land. This can occur due to excessive rain or rapid snowmelt. River floods can cause immense structural and economic damage, especially if they cause dams and dikes to break. 

Pluvial Flooding

These types of floods happen in flat areas where the terrain is unable to absorb or divert rainwater. As the water accumulates atop the surface, puddles and ponds tend to appear. Pluvial flooding is similar to urban flooding; however, it usually happens in rural areas. Agricultural properties can be seriously affected, and crop damage is a common occurrence.

Flash Flooding

Caused by rapid snow thaw or heavy rains, this common form of flooding occurs when fast-moving waters sweep over everything in their path. Flash floods usually occur with little to no notice and cover a relatively small area. Even shallow torrents can move very large objects such as rocks, cars and trees. 

How Floods Damage Homes

From mold outbreaks to loosened floorboards, floods can damage a property in many different ways. They can cause structural damage such as foundation cracks and buckling floors. They can damage electrical systems and expensive appliances. Floods can also damage septic systems by clogging them with debris. Flood water can even contaminate drinking water by polluting it with sediment and pathogenic organisms.

Because they saturate everything they contact, floods can also create ideal conditions that allow toxic mold to proliferate in carpet and behind drywall. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) warns that mold can begin to grow on damp surfaces within only 24 to 48 hours. In addition to building materials, such as drywall, insulation and flooring, clothes and furniture can be ruined by mold. 

Unfortunately, without prompt action, even a small flood can cause serious mold outbreaks. When this happens, businesses and homeowners often have to relocate and wait for expensive remediation processes to restore a structure to its normal state. On the other hand, quick action can often result in a much faster restoration process that can save a lot of time and money.

Quick Action Is Vital

Responding immediately to a flood can seriously reduce the damage to a home or business after storms and floods. Speed is one vital aspect that can reduce financial costs in both residential and business settings.

When flood damage occurs, it’s very important to quickly remove the water, disinfect any flooded areas and thoroughly dry the entire home. To prevent appliances, furniture and personal items from inhibiting restoration efforts, they will often need to be removed. It’s important to work with a reputable restoration company that will carefully move, clean and store your personal items in a safe place during the restoration process. 

Since any delays can result in further damage and higher repair costs, it’s also important to work with a company that has the agility to quickly respond to your emergency. 

At SERVPRO of West Denver, our technicians can rapidly react and restore your home after a flood. using advanced extraction equipment, we will pump out any standing water. We then set up fans and dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the interior and prevent mold growth.

If floodwaters have entered your home, SERVPRO of West Denver can help. Call us at 303-576-6868 to learn more.

Commercial Coronavirus Cleaning: What You Need To Know

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted our lives in a number of troubling ways. For business owners, it has led to lockdowns, staff shortages and inefficiencies that have impacted their bottom lines. 

As they deal with new realities, more and more companies are recognizing the importance of routine commercial cleaning to keep their facilities free of viral particles. Here’s how professional commercial cleaning can help your company keep its workers safe and avoid costly downtime. 

A Significant Problem for Businesses

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the country, businesses are grappling with employee shortages due to illness. They are also constantly haunted by the threat of government-mandated shutdowns that can make it difficult or impossible to stay operational. Even if they aren’t mandated, shutdowns can become an inevitable reality if an outbreak affects several employees. Whether they’re worried about being short-handed or ending up on the news, companies want to do everything they can to avoid uncontrolled outbreaks at their facilities. 

How Commercial Cleaning Can Help

Commercial cleaning is an essential tool in the collective fight against COVID-19. Tainted work facilities put workers and customers at risk, while also increasing the chances of long-term shutdowns due to unmitigated spread. Unfortunately, far too many companies fail to adequately clean and sterilize their facilities after a worker tests positive for the virus. 

Experts with professional-grade gear and knowledge can make a world of difference over simply handing an employee a sponge and hoping for the best. When companies rely on commercial cleaning to fully clean and sanitize their places of business, they enjoy a number of benefits, including: 

They are timely. Commercial cleaning can occur at regular, scheduled intervals, which make them superior to intermittent cleanups by busy employees. This professional ongoing preventative measure can help significantly reduce the risk of widespread viral infections among employees and customers. 

They are fully equipped. When you hire commercial cleaners, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re using the right materials, techniques or disinfecting chemicals. Professionals know which disinfectant is EPA-approved to fight COVID-19. They’ve dealt with severe, widespread contamination and know how to eliminate hazardous materials. When you call a reputable commercial cleaner, they will come fully prepared to deal with the worst, and that includes COVID-19.

They are thorough and well-trained. Commercial cleaners don’t just wipe down surfaces and fumigate the air. They are seasoned professionals who know how to assess a company’s risky, high-touch areas with a cool eye. They can do this because they’ve been trained to clean and disinfect businesses of every type. From office buildings and restaurants to hospitals and clinics, reputable commercial cleaning companies know how to clean and eliminate hazardous materials, whatever the challenges, whatever the environment. 

Why it’s Such a Good Idea

Commercial cleaners have years of experience in interpreting and following guidelines from the CDC to keep people safe during outbreaks of all kinds. Unfortunately, even though they may have good intentions, a company’s staff doesn’t usually have the know-how needed to deep clean and disinfect a facility. 

They may miss the most critical, vulnerable areas in a workplace because those areas are so familiar they may not even notice them. Everyday tools such as touch screens on a point-of-sale (POS) system are such a big part of the daily routine, they’re almost invisible. By bringing in outsiders with fresh eyes, companies have a much better chance of keeping their businesses safe and operational. 

When odor, grime and pathogenic challenges go beyond the scope of your company’s regular janitorial staff, contact SERVPRO of Denver West for prompt service. Whether it's removing an odor problem or decontaminating your facility, you can rely on us to disinfect your business and make your workspace look its very best.

How Do Public Insurance Adjusters Work?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Filing a disaster-related insurance claim can be a stressful process. To avoid the hassle, many homeowners seek the help of a public insurance adjuster, who offers to deal with all the complexities of the process to help clients get accurate compensation from the insurance company. Read on to learn the pros and cons of working with an insurance adjuster. 

How it Works

Public insurance adjusters are independent and licensed insurance agents who work on behalf of a policyholder during the claims process. Most people don’t use them because their insurance companies provide adjusters as part of their insurance policy benefits. Many times, they also forgo the option because they simply don’t know it exists. 

In theory, a public adjuster will work to get you a better outcome because they don’t work for the insurance company. That said, since there are strict rules governing insurance companies, most take an honest approach when evaluating a homeowner’s claim. 

If you do choose to hire a public insurance adjuster, it's best to involve them in the claims process as soon as possible. The insurance company will still send their own adjuster, but it will be helpful if your public adjuster is able to communicate with the company’s adjuster during the initial fact-finding process.

You can expect to have to pay out of pocket for a public insurance adjuster. Each will have a schedule of base fees along with some added fees for their services. That said, most will charge a percentage of the total settlement amount.

Why Hire a Public Adjuster?

There are a few good reasons why some policyholders decide to pay for their own public insurance adjuster. In disasters that lead to large- or total-loss claims, the public adjuster can sometimes help the policyholder attain a larger sum to repair or rebuild the property.

When a homeowner believes an assigned insurance adjuster may not have their best interests at heart, they may feel more comfortable with a public adjuster. The same goes for if there are disputes in the claim assessment that haven’t been resolved by the insurance company. In this instance, a public insurance adjuster can help a policyholder get a second opinion and a more favorable claim settlement.

In some instances, a policyholder may feel that the insurance company's adjuster isn't communicating well. They may also disagree with the company adjuster’s decision, feel they didn’t review the claim properly or believe damages were left off.

For especially complex policies, a public insurance adjuster can also help the policyholder better understand complicated documents. They can also help investigate the costs of replacement or repair of structures and calculate any loss of business expense.

Many times, people decide to hire public insurance adjusters because they are just too busy to deal with the claims process. They may also decide to hire a public adjuster if they expect to get a substantial payout which will help them cover the adjuster’s services, or if there seems to be a big discrepancy between the insurance company’s estimate for repairs and what their general contractor has quoted. 

Making a Smart Decision

The biggest negative associated with using a public insurance adjuster is cost. In many instances, the expense will negate any extra money you are able to acquire. That said, if you have the money, expect a big payout or are too busy to deal with the process, a public adjuster may be a good option. Otherwise, you can probably get away with working with an insurance-assigned adjuster as long as you have a reputable contractor to give you an honest quote and help you through the claims process. 

For a seamless, stress-free claims process, contact SERVPRO® of Denver West. We work with your insurance to help manage the claims process and paperwork. Using the best tools and extensive expertise, we provide a complete spectrum of restorative services for residential homes and commercial properties. From water and smoke to mold, fire and more, we provide flawless, comprehensive restorative services. Contact our team of courteous experts to learn more.

What Is the Process of Mold Remediation?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Whether it’s a slow leak or a sudden flood, water damage can cause mold to form in as little as 48 hours. Because a mold problem can quickly evolve from a minor nuisance into a potential hazard, it’s important to solve the problem as soon as possible. Mold remediation is the best way to eliminate a mold problem and restore a home to its normal state. 

Since no one likes surprises or unexpected disruptions, it helps to know what goes into the typical remediation process. Read on to learn what you can expect - and should demand - from a reputable mold remediation company.

Getting Things Ready

In most instances, you will have very little responsibility in the mold remediation process. That said, there are a few things you will need to take care of to streamline the process. Before any work can begin, there are a few things you will have to take care of: 

Start by fixing the water issue that led to the mold outbreak. Mold remediation is a big job and you don’t want to have to do it more than once. If you fail to adequately address the underlying cause of moisture in your home, another outbreak is likely if not inevitable. 

Prepare your home, so the remediation crew can easily move in and out. Clear furniture out of the way and remove cars from the garage and driveway. You should also keep pets out of the way, either locked in a room or out in the backyard where they will be safe and non-disruptive.

What to Expect

On the day of service, you can expect the remediation experts to park as close to the house as possible, so they easily move equipment in and out of the home. They will then lay plastic sheeting down and run hoses through the entryway all the way to the area affected by mold (in some cases, they may be able to access the impacted area through a crawl space).

The mold remediation workers will then suit up in protective gear, which will include white suits, respirators, booties and goggles. Don’t be alarmed by these protective measures. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that your mold is black mold; they do this on every job, whether the mold is toxic or non-toxic. 

Next, the remediation workers will spray the molded area with an EPA-approved biocide that will kill the living organism. This can take a while, so the team will generally leave for the day to let the biocide take effect. 

The following day, the team will return, put down fresh plastic and suit up again. They will then coat the molded area with an encapsulant. This is a special type of whitewash or paint that effectively encloses any mold spores that might remain. 

They will generally spray beyond the area to eliminate the chances of future mold growth. For instance, the entire attic will usually be sprayed even if the mold is only apparent in one spot. A thorough process is important to help ensure that mold is not allowed to get a new foothold after the remediation process is finished. 

Finally, the team will wrap things up by cleaning the air with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) scrubber and exchange that removes mold spores and discharges fresh, clean air. They will then use a HEPA vacuum to clean the floor and any other vacuumable surfaces to remove any lingering spores. 

Bear in mind that mold remediation usually includes disposal of all porous moldy building materials including drywall and insulation. Remediation experts will also attempt to clean and disinfect carpet and personal items if there’s a chance they can be saved.

Why You Should Act Fast

Because mold spreads very quickly, even minor mold infestation can rapidly escalate into a major problem requiring thousands of dollars in repair. At SERVPRO of Denver West, we’re dedicated to responding immediately to your mold emergency. Our fast response times lessen the existing damage, limit further damage and reduce the overall cost or remediation.

Contact SERVPRO of Denver West and we will quickly assess your mold damage, take steps to contain the mold, thoroughly filter the air, and remove and clean any affected materials.

How to Select a Fire Extinguisher

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher how to use directions - image of burning pan in kitchen Tips to remember when using a fire extinguisher

One of the surest safeguards against a residential or commercial fire is a well-placed fire extinguisher. However, different types are required to put out different kinds of fire. Keep in mind the following facts when purchasing a fire extinguisher.

A-Type

The first type of extinguisher rating is the “A” classification, which means that it is an effective fire suppressant against ordinary combustibles. A typical home fire in a garbage can or wood pile is of this type. A water-based extinguisher will usually only be rated for this type of fire.

 B-Type

Oil-based fires comprise the “B” classification. It is important not to use a water-filled fire extinguisher on an oil fire, as this can cause it to spread laterally while the flaming oil floats on top of the water. 

C-Type

The “C” classification involves combustible fumes, such as those from gasoline or aerosols. Carbon dioxide, foam and power-based extinguishers are the most common types rated to deal with these fires. 


An extinguisher rated to put out an electrical fire is also C Rated and is essential for fire suppression. Most of the above powder and foam types of extinguishers can put out an electrical fire, since these materials coat the surface of the appliance and prevent oxygen from reaching the burning components. Any electrical fire that gets out of hand should be abandoned. 

Remember that many smaller and more affordable fire extinguisher models are only designed for a single use. Larger ones with a capacity indicator on the handle can be used multiple times, but they must be refilled. Many extinguishers are rated to handle multiple fire types, so choose one with the versatility necessary for your home or business.

SERVPRO of Denver West is a full fire restoration company and we can bring the affected area back to its original condition.

"Like it never even happened."

Best Water Damage Services in Aurora, CO

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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2020 Expertise Award

"Best Water Damage Services in Aurora"

Expertise.com scored 98 Water Damage Restoration Services in Aurora CO and picked the Top 14.

Their goal is to connect people with the best local experts. Scored our SERVPRO franchise on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

    SERVPRO of Denver West

    303-576-6868

    https://www.expertise.com/co/aurora/water-damage

Emergency Water Damage Tips

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water filled laundry room Emergency Water Damage Tips

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO® of Denver West

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services provided by   SERVPRO of Denver West

  • Emergency Response, we Reduce Loss Severity by Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists available On-Site or for your Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with IICRC Trained Crew Leaders.

Highly Trained Technicians in Aurora?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know that at SERVPRO® of Denver West, we employ some of the most highly trained and certified restoration technicians in the Aurora area? Our award-winning franchise has fourteen certifications in:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • MSI - Marble and Stone Inspector
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

All of our employees are required to undergo initial and continuing training and education. Restoration technicians and staff members are encouraged to keep up to speed on industry standards and best practices. After completing each module, the employees are given a knowledge test!

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Denver West is committed to ongoing training, and we are proud of our team and the dedication they demonstrate by taking advantage of the continuous education opportunities we provide. Our team of highly trained technicians is on call 24 hours a day to respond to any property damage emergency you have. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your property damage in Aurora, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Restoration Services in Parker?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Restoration Specialists

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Denver West is one of the most highly certified SERVPRO franchises in Colorado? On top of the many certifications we hold from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we also have a General Contractor License. This means that when your commercial business experiences damage from a storm, fire, or water damage emergency, we can supervise a full range of building services and see your job through to completion, giving you one point of contact throughout the restoration process. Building services include:

  • Board up
  • Document Drying
  • Drywall installation and removal
  • Electrical
  • General Contracting
  • HVAC Services
  • Move out
  • Plumbing
  • Roof tarp
  • Scalable resources
  • Temporary warehouse space
  • Carpet Repair and installation
  • Dry cleaning
  • Electronics restoration
  • Hardwood floor repair
  • Marble floor repair
  • Painting
  • Portable power
  • Roofing services
  • Temporary fencing
  • Tile floor repair

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Denver West is available 24 hours a day to respond to your call for emergency restoration services in Parker and the surrounding areas. Our team of highly trained technicians has the experience and equipment necessary to clean and restore any property damage emergency with minimal disruption to your customers and employees. Call us today at 303-576-6868. We’ll take care of your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Denver West is Independently Owned and Operated.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair Fire Damage?

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

When your home suffers a fire, there are all sorts of ways damage can occur. In addition to the actual flames, you have to worry about damage related to smoke, soot and the water and chemicals used to extinguish the blaze. 

In many instances, your homeowner’s policy will cover much of your costs. That said, you may have to pay for some of the cleanup yourself. Whatever the case, it’s important to know the costs associated with restoring a home after a fire, so you can make smart decisions as you approach what can often seem like an overwhelming project.

Water Damage

While extinguishing a fire is far superior to allowing its spread, the process comes with some serious drawbacks. Extinguishing a fire requires water and/or chemicals that can result in additional destruction. For instance, floors and carpeting are especially susceptible to mold growth if not dried shortly after being soaked. A heavy-duty fire hose can ruin all sorts of materials in your home and, in certain instances, even destroy some of its walls. 

Depending on the extent and nature of the fire extinguishing process, you can expect to pay from $1,000 and $4,000 to repair water damage. To repair any chemical contamination, you will typically have to pay from 1,000 to $2,500. After a fire has been extinguished, you will need professional dehumidification as soon as possible. For chemical damages, you may require chemical sealers to prevent further contamination from residues down the line.

Whatever the case, it’s important to work with a licensed professional who can determine the exact category and class of the damage, and provide the correct mitigating solution.

Soot Cleanup

Once you deal with the water, you will need to turn your attention toward any soot leftover from the fire. Soot is a black flaky substance largely composed of amorphous carbon, which results after the incomplete burning of organic matter such as wood.

Unfortunately, it can penetrate and damage all sorts of interior items, including carpets, draperies and walls. 

There are two basic types of soot, and each requires a different cleanup method. 

  • Dry soot: Cleaned with dry sponges and low-alkali detergent
  • Oily soot - Cleaned with high-alkali detergents and an extensive rinse.

The longer soot is left in place, the harder it will be to restore your home. It’s important to know that improper cleaning techniques can spread soot around a home and make it even harder to clean. What’s more, you will need to have your air ducts and furnace/air conditioning filters cleaned to prevent them from spreading soot throughout your home. 

Professional soot removal and cleaning will generally cost from $2,000 and $6,000. It’s generally best to consult a professional to find out if it might be cheaper to simply discard and replace some affected items. While textiles and certain other items may be salvageable; others may need to be replaced entirely.

Smoke Damage Restoration

Restoring smoke damage shouldn’t begin until water and soot destruction has been addressed. This vital step will include eliminating any harmful or unpleasant odors. Similar to soot, smoke damage worsens the longer it is left untreated. Smoke can penetrate furniture, clothing, carpets and many other items in a home, resulting in a foul smell that seems almost impossible to remove. Eliminating it requires deodorizing furniture, performing ozone smoke removal and cleaning your HVAC system.

Smoke damage restoration will typically range from $200 to $1,000, depending on the extent of the damage and the affected materials.

Textile and Furniture Deodorizing 

Only professional deodorizing can eliminate the smoke smell from carpets, furniture, clothing and other home textiles. Thermal fogging is one effective method used to eradicate odors. Using the same physical properties the smoke used to permeate the fabric, this technique relies on chemicals to reliably remove foul odors for good. 

The size of your home and the number of affected items will determine the cost, which typically ranges from $200 to $600.

Working with a Professional

When it comes to restoring your home after a fire, there are a lot of nuances that go into the process. Improper, delayed or inadequate cleaning can worsen the problem and turn an affordable process into a major operation requiring tens of thousands of dollars. This is why it’s so important to quickly contact a professional service who has the knowledge and agility to respond to your needs in a timely, efficient manner. 

SERVPRO of Denver East specializes in flawless fire and water damage restoration. Empowered by extensive training, modern equipment and expert personnel, we can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Contact our team to learn more.

Will Insurance Pay for Mold Remediation?

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Insurance policies often come with vague wording about mold, making it difficult for homeowners to determine if they actually have coverage. Here’s when you can expect your insurance company to pay for mold remediation, along with some tips for improving your chances of getting a claim approved. 

When Does Home Insurance Pay for Mold Damage?

Insurance providers usually have a list of “covered perils” that are included in your homeowners policy. If damage occurs due to one of these “perils,” you can usually expect your claim to be approved. Since the main cause of mold is water seeping into your home, you need to know which water-related perils are included in your insurance policy.

In most cases, homeowners insurance will pay for mold damage if it is caused either directly or indirectly by a covered peril such as: 

  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Lightning
  • Falling objects
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Weight of snow, ice or sleet
  • Frozen pipes
  • Accidental overflow or discharge of steam or water from heating, plumbing, sprinkler systems, air conditioners or household appliances

On the other hand, your insurance provider may not pay for mold that results as a result of water damage from outside forces, including flood waters, hurricanes or another act of nature. In most cases, you would need a separate flood insurance policy to cover any mold damage resulting from flood waters.

Insurance will also refuse to pay for mold damage resulting from negligence. This means you should not expect coverage for mold damage if you ignored home repairs or maintenance to the extent that mold was allowed to develop. 

For instance:

  • The pipes in your basement freeze and burst and you don’t notice it for a few weeks.
  • Your aging roof allows water to leak into the attic, where it saturates insulation and leads to mold. 
  • Mold develops in your shower, and you don’t take steps to address it until it becomes unsightly.

In these instances, an insurer isn’t likely to pay for the damage. This is because the company expects you to replace your old roof, inspect your basement regularly, ventilate your bathroom and properly take care of your home. 

How Much Will My Insurance Cover?

Depending on the extent and location of the mold damage, remediation costs can fall between $15,000 and $30,000. To reduce their financial risk, insurance companies will typically state a maximum limit for mold remediation. Depending on your policy, this could run from $1,000 to $10,000. If you would like to purchase broader mold coverage, you may be able to add it as an optional rider. If you live in a mold-prone state, however, this can be expensive to obtain.

How to Improve Your Chances of Coverage.

There are certain things you can do to prevent mold and improve the chances of having your claim approved if mold develops.

If you need to file a claim:

  • Properly document the mold damage with video and photos.
  • Provide maintenance records to show you’ve been taking care of your home.
  • Follow your insurance company’s instructions to help process the claim.
  • Work with approved mold removal companies to remove the mold and clean up any damage.

On the prevention side, you can:

  • Install dehumidifiers in areas that tend to get damp
  • Regularly check pipes and fittings to identify potential leaks.
  • Adequately ventilate laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming during the winter.
  • Regularly inspect your roof for leaks and caulk cracks to keep water from leaking in.
  • Properly insulate exterior and interior pipes in the winter.
  • Regularly check hot water heaters and appliances for signs of leaks.

Cleaning Up a Mold Problem.

Whether you have insurance coverage or not, you need to fix any mold problems before they get worse with time. Not only can mold cause structural damage to your home, it can lead to health effects, especially for people with asthma and other existing medical issues. 

At SERVPRO of Denver West, our emergency contact team is standing by 24/7 to assess your mold situation and respond accordingly. For a stress-free claims process, we can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. If you aren’t approved for coverage, we can provide expert remediation services and a price that will fit your budget. Contact our team to learn more.

How to Avoid Home Restoration Scams After a Natural Disaster

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can create opportunities for unscrupulous people who seek to profit off the misfortunes of others. Here’s how you can protect yourself from home restoration scams. 

Watch for Red Flags

Natural disasters can bring out the very best in people. It’s not uncommon to see neighbors and strangers respond to a disaster by rolling up their sleeves and opening their wallets to help victims recover. Unfortunately, disasters can also create a perfect opportunity for scammers who use the opportunity to make a quick buck. Sadly, the restoration industry is not immune to scams. There are plenty of unscrupulous providers who are all too happy to take your money and run after providing shoddy work or, what’s worse, no work at all.

While restoration scammers can approach homeowners with unique tactics; most share some common traits that make them easy to identify. These include: 

  • They use high-pressure tactics that often include limited-time offers.
  • They demand that consumers sign documents immediately to acquire a now-or-never deal.
  • They ask for up-front cash for the entire amount of the job.
  • They won’t provide a written estimate for the restoration project.
  • They can’t or refuse to provide local references.
  • They ask the homeowner to obtain the building permit.

These red flags are typically a sure sign that you are dealing with a disreputable home restoration contractor. Fortunately, you can protect yourself by asking a few targeted questions.

Questions You Should Ask

Anytime you are hiring someone to repair your home, you should take the time to properly vet the company. Before agreeing to anything, be sure to: 

  • Ask the service provider to show evidence that they are licensed in your state.
  • Ask for references and follow through by contacting each one. 
  • Make sure the company can provide a written estimate with detailed job specifications on the labor, materials, timeline and total charges for the work. 
  • Obtain a written contract that clearly states exactly what will be done, material quality, warranties, the total cost of the job and start and completion dates.
  • Do not sign a contract that has any blank spaces, and make sure you understand your cancellation rights
  • Protect yourself by demanding that the contractor, subcontractor and any suppliers complete and sign a "waiver of lien" form. This will help protect you if the contractor or company doesn't pay its bills and a subcontractor or material supplier decides to place a lien on your home. Unfortunately, this can happen even if you paid the primary service provider in full.
  • Be sure your service provider is fully insured and also carries worker's compensation, personal liability and property damage coverage. Always ask for copies of insurance certificates. If the provider is not properly insured, you could be held liable for damages or injuries that occur during the project.
  • Always check with your home insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage. 
  • Avoid paying for the project with cash. Instead, pay by credit card or check and always get a receipt.
  • Maintain thorough records, including copies of the contract, as well as any correspondence and change orders.

While it may seem like a headache, doing your due diligence will help ensure that you are getting quality work from a reputable restoration company. By asking some direct questions and following up with some light research, you can identify less reputable service providers before you open your wallet.

Go with a Recognizable Name

To protect yourself from a disaster restoration scam, it’s a good idea to choose a national brand with a recognizable name. This will help ensure that you are working with a trustworthy provider with the ability to meet your needs and the agility to respond quickly to the scene. 

With more than 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted name in the restoration industry. Whether you need immediate help with emergency flood damage or assistance with cleaning, you can depend on our experienced technicians. 

SERVPRO of Denver East specializes in flawless water damage restoration. Empowered by extensive training, modern equipment and an experienced team of professionals, we can quickly restore your home to its original condition. Contact our team to learn more.

SERVPRO of Denver West Responds to Eastern Iowa Derecho

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

On August 10, a powerful inland storm--also known as a derecho--blew through Eastern Iowa, bringing with it 140 mph winds that are typically only seen in hurricanes. The storm ravaged 10 million acres of local corn crops and tore apart structures in popular Iowa communities like Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Marshalltown. 

In Cedar Rapids alone, more than 800 businesses, homes, and apartment buildings had partial roof collapses, with uprooted trees strewn across yards and roads. The derecho’s powerful winds also tore off siding and brought down power lines, leading to nearly 600,000 Iowans without power. 

While Iowa is no stranger to these storms, this particularly powerful and destructive derecho came with little warning. A key difference between derechos and hurricanes is that hurricanes form over the ocean and are typically tracked days in advance before making landfall. Derechos, however, are much more difficult to predict; less than an hour after thunderstorm warnings were issued, the storm hit, giving residents little to no time to prepare for the destruction it would bring. 

The sum total of the damage caused by this storm is yet to be determined, but it’s highly probable to be in the billions of dollars. One facet of derechos makes them particularly destructive: once they’ve destroyed roofs, they leave the affected structures extremely vulnerable to torrential rains that almost always accompany these types of storms. Home and business owners unlucky enough to have experienced this will likely be devastated to learn of flood and water damage in addition to structural damage. For those lucky enough to pull through the storm with no immediate damage, the possibility of flood water damage due to rising river waters becomes a hazard as well. 

SERVPRO’s mission has always been to provide relief to the fullest extent possible when natural destruction of this magnitude hits. Our disaster cleanup team is specially trained to deal with severe flood and storm damage as a result of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

After the Iowa derecho ravaged Cedar Rapids and nearby areas, the SERVPRO of Denver West team went to the scene almost immediately to provide relief, performing inspections, debris cleanup, water removal / extraction and drying procedures. Our team will continue to provide assistance in Iowa as 30,000 residents remain without power, doing our part to help restore the countless properties destroyed by this event.

This storm hits especially close to home for SERVPRO of Denver West, as our founders once called Iowa their home, and have personally witnessed the destruction that’s been caused by increasingly violent weather patterns in the midwest. 

Despite these trying times, we at SERVPRO believe that challenges of this size and scope, while disheartening to face, ultimately build character and community. As a family-owned business, we understand the emotional weight that such an event can carry. As we continue to provide storm damage relief in Iowa, we hope to also instill compassion, understanding, and care in those affected, to lift that weight as much as possible.

Winter Storm Preparation

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

When the mercury drops in Colorado, it’s often a mad dash to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst.

Winter storms in our state can be brutal. Between the high winds, freezing rain, hailstorms, and big-time snowfall, both home and business owners do themselves a favor by taking steps to prevent damage to their property. 

What can be done to help stem the damage caused by inclement winter weather in Colorado? Quite a bit, actually. The team at SERVPRO—the fire and water cleanup professionals serving West Denver and the surrounding area—is here to help with some tips. 

Actions to Take Before

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To prepare for the worst that Colorado weather has to offer, do these five things now: 

  • Sign up for alerts from local news or weather agencies. The National Weather Service or your favorite news outlet are great places to start. Make sure you are a part of whatever email or text-based alert programs they have available. This way, you’ll be made aware of potentially damaging weather before it gets here.

  • Insulate pipes in your home or business. This can be tricky, as many of the pipes that serve water throughout a building can run behind walls and along difficult-to-reach crawl spaces. Locate whatever sections of pipe you can, and use things like old newspapers or insulation material to help protect them from freezing.

    Another great preventative measure is to allow taps to slowly drip the day before an expected freeze.

  • Cover windows with plastic sheeting. Large, plastic sheets with enough surface area to cover windows are available at your local hardware store. This measure can help to insulate the home or business, as windows are often the ‘Achilles heel’ for most buildings encountering freezing weather.

  • Ensure that your property insurance coverage is up-to-date. Check with your insurance provider to make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage in the event that winter weather does cause damage this season.

  • Stock up on supplies that might be necessary in the event of a power outage. Things like batteries, lanterns, blankets, and ready-to-eat food will make periods of power interruption much more bearable. Try to avoid using things like generators or propane heaters as these can be causes for fires.

Even though the public utility companies in Colorado do a fantastic job of getting to work after a winter storm has hit, taking the above-listed actions will go a long way in preempting property damage caused by such a storm. 

Actions to Take After

Even though you might have done all you can to prepare for a bad winter storm, sometimes, the brunt of it can be too much for your property to stand.

Do these things after the storm has hit:

  • Conduct a safety check of your building and land. In the aftermath of a strong winter storm, it’s not uncommon for there to be large accumulations of ice, snow, and slush. These hazards can post a significant post-storm danger. Walk your property and look for any potential safety risks.

  • Document any damage and contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The best time to begin taking account of damage done by a storm is immediately after it has passed. Get your camera out, start taking pictures, and begin the claim process sooner than later.

  • Monitor news sources for emergency information and/or alerts about more weather coming your way. Often, bad weather in Colorado is followed up with—you guessed it—more bad weather. Make sure you’re kept informed about whatever might be coming your way even after the worst of it seems to have passed.

  • Contact SERVPRO to get a jumpstart on fixing damages. Remember that your SERVPRO team is standing by to help restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are experts at working with insurance companies, too, making the entire process much less of a headache than it has to be. 

Whatever winter weather Mother Nature decides to send our way this season, it will pay to be prepared for the worst. Implement the advice contained in this article, and you’ll be doing your part to ensure that you ‘weather the storm’ the best you can. 

Stay safe this winter season, and don’t hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO office to schedule an on-site evaluation of damage caused by inclement weather.

Remember that, when harsh weather strikes, you always have a restoration resource available to you, no matter the damage and no matter the cause.

Maintenance to Prevent Water Damage

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Denver specializes in the cleanup and remediation of water damage

So, as you might expect, we’ve seen some of the worst possible water damage, from burst water heaters to ruptured pipes to actual flooding. 

What’s remarkable about many cases of water damage is that, often, the damage could have been prevented with proper maintenance. This is something that many home and business owners simply do not know, which is why we’re dedicating this week’s blog post to the basic maintenance you can do to prevent water damage to your home or commercial building. 

[Note: Please keep in mind that these tips are not provided as guarantees against water damage, and every property is going to differ when it comes to maintenance best practices.]

#1: Disconnect garden hoses, especially during the Fall and winter months.

We see this a lot: when hoses are left attached to a water source, the standing water within them can often freeze. When this happens, the freezing water expands, and the ice blockage travels inside the building, sometimes causing pipe bursts and subsequent water damage to the property. 

This can happen even when the interior temperature of the building is significantly higher than the outside temperature. As a general rule, disconnect all hoses from their spigots when they’re not in use. 

#2: Perform quarterly inspections of all water-using appliances. 

Every few months, make it a point to inspect the operational condition of the appliances in your home or office. Pay extra attention to the connections between the appliance and the water supply, looking for leaks, corrosion, or loose fittings. 

If your dishwasher, water heater, clothes washer, or other water-using appliance is in need of repair or replacement, doing so sooner than later can help protect you from costly water damage down the line.

#3: Consider installing water detection devices. 

Small, battery-powered devices that detect moisture can be installed near water heaters, toilets, and other appliances. They will emit an alarm when moisture levels reach a certain threshold, giving you the opportunity to get ahead of leaks and overflows before they cause serious damage.

Installing these devices may be overkill for smaller homes, but for those with numerous water-carrying appliances, they can offer much-needed peace of mind. 

#4: Unblock gutters, downspouts, and other external water routing hardware.

It’s tempting to let debris-filled gutters go unattended for months or even years. However, doing so could be setting you up for water damage. 

When the water routing system on your roof isn’t functioning effectively, spillover can wreak havoc on the ground below. Standing water begins to accumulate, and before long, water intrusion starts taking its toll. 

Also, blocked gutters can cause water to collect on the roof. This pooling can freeze in the colder months, causing expansion that can burst gutters and downspouts, causing potentially thousands in damage. 

To address this, inspect your gutters, downspouts and other water runoff routing hardware for signs of blockages, and clear them away on a regular basis. 

#5: Take a water pressure reading.

Most residential and commercial buildings have adequate water pressure regulation, but this isn’t always the case. 

Having exceptionally high water pressure puts a lot of strain on the pipes and valves that are integral to the water transmission system within your home or commercial building. This strain can cause leaking and bursting without any warning whatsoever. 

To take a water pressure reading, buy a water pressure gauge at your local hardware store, install it onto an external water spigot, and then turn the water on to maximum flow. If the water pressure reading exceeds 100 PSI, you’re going to want to install a water pressure regulator (also available at most hardware stores). 

#6: Keep tabs on your water use by checking your bill for spikes.

If your home or commercial building uses a ‘normal’ amount of water most months and then, suddenly, you notice your water bill spike, there could be a leak somewhere. 

Surprise water leaks can be insidious, not to mention very costly. Not only are you paying for the wasted water, but it’s possible the water being wasted is also causing damage to the building. If you suspect this is happening, put on your detective hat and try to get to the source of the mystery water leak. 

Is the Damage Already Done? Contact SERVPRO. 

If your home or commercial building has already been marred by water damage, then it’s time to take action to remediate it. That’s why your local SERVPRO is available, 24 hours a day, to assess water damage and take the necessary steps to repair it. 

To get started, contact us today.

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5 Things to Do to Prevent Further Damage During a Power Outage

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Power outages are not only an inconvenience; they can also end up causing costly damages. At SERVPRO of West Denver, we’ve seen first-hand the kind of property damage that can come as a result of a power outage. Even though it may seem counterintuitive to think that a power outage itself can cause damage, the truth is that it can start a chain of events that becomes gradually more destructive. 

To help protect yourself against the compounding damage that can come in the wake of a power outage, take these five steps. 

#1: Exercise extreme caution when using candles, stoves, and generators. 

It’s not uncommon to have a stash of long-burning candles tucked away for just such an emergency as a power outage. The use of candles isn’t itself necessarily dangerous; however, unattended, lit candles can quickly start a structure fire, potentially causing thousands in damage. 

A good rule-of-thumb to keep in mind during a power outage is never to use a gas stove to stay warm. As tempting as it may be, gas stove emissions contain carbon monoxide, which can accumulate in the air and cause serious personal harm—even death. 

When it comes to the use of gas-powered generators, always be sure that they’re operated in a well-ventilated area, ideally near a window or exhaust fan. For the same reason using a gas stove to keep warm is a bad idea, generator emissions can also be very harmful. 

Also, never use a charcoal grill as a means of producing warmth indoors. The smoke from burning charcoal can be incredibly dangerous to inhale.

#2: Defend against food spoilage by using ice coolers to preserve existing food.

If the power is going to be out for an extended period of time, then you’re going to need a strategy for preserving your refrigerated food.

While a typical freezer can be expected to stay cool for about 48 hours, the rest of the fridge is going to succumb to higher temperatures by about the 4-hour mark. For this reason, it might make sense to fill a cooler full of ice and preserve whatever refrigerated foods you can. 

Also, try not to open freezer or refrigerator doors more than is absolutely necessary, to conserve the cool. 

#3: Deactivate and unplug appliances. 

This especially applies to older appliances that may not have modern surge protection built into them. 

When the power comes back on after a power outage, it’s possible that the sudden surge of electricity could cause damage to whatever is plugged in. After a power outage has taken place, walk through each room and check to ensure that appliances are in the ‘off’ position and/or unplugged from the wall. 

[Tip: If you live in an area where power outages are especially common, it might be worth investing in a 12-volt battery and inverter combination. Most auto parts stores carry power inverters that can turn 12-volt DC power into 120-volt AC power for supplemental use by critical appliances.]

#4: Stay tuned in to local news outlets or radio transmissions for updates.  

During a prolonged power outage, staying current on developments is critical to mitigating damage. Keep yourself apprised of the power outage status by opting into SMS text alerts from your local utility provider. 

While it is possible for power outages to affect cellular transmission towers, this is very rare, which means you’re likely to still have a cell phone connection during an outage. Use your phone to stay abreast of what’s going on around you. 

#5: Get ahead of water damage.

One of the more common sources of water damage caused by a power outage is thawed ice in the freezer. If you have no use for the ice as a way to keep your perishable food cool during the outage, dispose of it in some other way, so that it doesn’t melt and seep into the floor and walls. 

If the power outage is accompanied by below-freezing weather, don’t forget to allow your faucets to slowly drip until the power is restored. 

What to Do after an Outage

When power is restored, take stock of the condition of the area. Have there been any water leaks? Are all the appliances functioning normally again? Are there any lit candles that need to be extinguished? 

And remember, if there is any damage that results from a power outage, know that your West Denver SERVPRO is here to help with the restoration. 

Contact us today for an on-site evaluation and a no-obligation quote.

Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Colorado storms—whether they bring heavy snow, rain, or hail—have the potential to cause millions of dollars in damages for home and business owners. And, because our weather patterns here are so unpredictable, damaging storms are often impossible to prepare for. 

This climatic feature of our state can create a concerning scenario for anyone who has a vested interest in maintaining the condition of any real estate in Colorado, whether commercial or residential. Here among the Rockies, damaging storms are almost always just around the corner. 

To be sure, Colorado roofing firms and general contractors are always hopping busy. It’s clear this is one of the most profitable places for restoration companies to thrive. And, because of the frequency of damaging storms, a common question arises: “Is storm damage a tax deductible loss?”

At SERVPRO of West Denver, we specialize in providing the advanced, comprehensive restoration services that are needed to fix the damage caused by storms in Colorado. We work with both businesses and homeowners, and we’ve seen just about the worst that storms can do (along with the most costly damages you can imagine). 

So, we know a thing or two about the expenses associated with storm damage. 

The Answer Is: It Depends

As you likely know, if you earn money in Colorado, you owe taxes both to the state and to the federal government. 

When you incur a casualty loss—which is the technical, ‘tax term’ for storm damage—your deductions on your state taxes will likely not change. That is, unless you were affected by a national disaster, in which case you’ll want to complete a specific form when you file. More information on this unique kind of state tax deduction can be found here

However, when it comes to filing your federal taxes, there are possible tax deductions for which you might be eligible. A few important conditions must be met, though, in order for your deduction to be legitimate: 

  • Your property must have suffered a loss to its fair market value (FMV) because of a casualty event. This could be much more than a storm, by the way—damage caused by landslides, tornadoes, and even falling aircraft can qualify as casualty losses.
  • If your property was insured, you must complete a timely claim for reimbursement by your insurance company. Uncle Sam wants you to recoup your costs as much as you can before you file for any deductions. Any losses you incur that were not included in your insurance reimbursement would qualify for a deduction, minus a few ‘administrative’ subtractions.
  • You must deduct $100 and 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from the calculated loss. Let’s say storm damage destroyed your roof and you need a completely new one. But, your insurance company will only pay for $25,000 of the $30,000 bill. You would take the $5,000 difference, reduce it by $100, and then subtract 10% of your AGI in order to arrive at the proper deduction.
  • You must file this deduction during the tax year when the damage occurred. The only exception to this rule is if your property was located in a designated national disaster area, in which case you have other options for what tax year you can file your deduction in.

For some property owners who work from home, it might be tempting to deduct any loss of income you might have experienced because of storm damage. Unfortunately, the federal government doesn’t consider this a qualifying condition for a tax deduction. 

Commercial properties or income properties are treated slightly differently by the IRS, and it’s advisable to consult with a tax professional in the event your business or income property was damaged by a storm and that damage prevented your property from producing an income. Depending on the extent of the damage and how much income was lost, you could qualify for more than one federal tax deduction.

For Storm Damage Cleanup, Go with the Pros 

Even though the tax code may be complex and confusing, working with SERVPRO to restore your storm-damaged property won’t be. We specialize in doing the ‘dirty work’ required to bring damaged property back from dereliction and destruction at the hands of Mother Nature. 

Our team is expertly trained to swiftly and effectively restore damaged property so that the disruption to your life or business is reduced as much as possible. 

Looking for top-tier storm damage restoration? Contact SERVPRO of West Denver today!

How to Discover Mold

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Like it or not, mold is an everyday part of our lives. It’s all around us. 

Mold spores propagate very easily, and wherever there is a source of moisture in a house or commercial building, there is the potential for mold to grow. If left untreated, significant mold infestations can become serious health hazards, and the damage caused by mold can be astronomically expensive to repair.

SERVPRO of West Denver is your local, resident expert in all things mold remediation, so we’re here to help with a few steps you can take to discover mold in your own home or office building. 

Mold Identification

By identifying mold early, you can take the steps necessary to eliminate it before the problem gets out of hand. 

The earliest signs of mold are small, black spots that appear in areas of higher-than-normal amounts of moisture. This early stage of mold growth is also referred to as mildew, and without prompt cleaning, mildew will continue to colonize as long as there is a source of moisture and as long as temperatures are within a 40-100° F. 

On its own, mildew doesn’t present a serious health risk except for those who have sensitive allergies or a compromised respiratory system. It does, however, have a distinct odor that can often be detected before visual signs present themselves. This musky, pungent odor is often a sign that mold has taken root and it’s time to identify the source. 

Distinguishing Mold from Dirt

Dirt accumulation can often be mistaken for mold. To determine if you’re dealing with a mold issue or if a surface is simply dirty, all you need is a little household bleach. 

Using a cotton swab or liquid dropper, apply a small amount of bleach to the surface, and then wait a minute or two. Do not scrub or debride the area during this time. 

If the area turns bright white very quickly, it’s likely that mold is there. If, however, there is no change in the coloration of the surface, it could simply be dirty. The reason this test works is because bleach kills mold spores on contact, whereas dirt is unaffected. 

If you’re still uncertain whether you have mold or not, mold test kits are available at your local hardware store. While these kits can help you determine if you’re dealing with mold, they’re not going to identify the source; nor are they going to fix the underlying problem. 

Surface Mildew vs. Mold-Induced Rot

Most mildewed surfaces can be scrubbed clean with a detergent that is specifically effective against mold (diluted bleach works well for this on surfaces that can handle it). However, when mold infiltrates subsurfaces and makes its way into drywall, studs, or other structural areas, rot is the inevitable outcome. 

If mold-induced rot has advanced to the point of affecting these areas, the symptoms are immediately apparent once the exterior surface is penetrated. 

To check for mold-induced rot, use a screwdriver to probe the area. Soft, crumbling wood is a telltale sign that the mold fungus has established itself and that the rotting process is well underway. 

Locating the Root Cause of Rot

Modern plumbing makes homes liveable. We often take for granted the seemingly unending water supply that is at our fingertips through the spigots and faucets located throughout our homes. 

However, leaks in the pipes that carry our water are often the culprits for mold-induced rot. This is why it’s important to check for plumbing leaks if you think you might have a mold issue. 

To do this, check the inlets and outlets of all water-using appliances in your home or commercial building. Be sure to include inspections of your washing machine, dishwasher, ice maker, evaporative cooler, and any other appliance that uses water to perform its function. 

Even a small leak that only produces a few drops of water every day can be all that is needed for a serious mold problem to materialize. 

If you are able to locate plumbing leaks, fix them sooner than later. 

Remember that the second most significant source of moisture in a building comes from outside. So, after inspecting all of your plumbing for leaks, check vents, deck flashing, window wells, and any other interior area that butts up against an exterior area. 

Is Your Mold Problem out of Hand? Contact SERVPRO

Most cases of mildew can be easily addressed using household cleaners. However, when mold growth affects structural areas of the home, more extensive work is needed to restore the area.

To schedule an on-site inspection with a qualified SERVPRO mold remediation expert, contact us today.

Can Mold Make You Sick?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Denver specializes in mold remediation, whether it’s caused by flooding, neglect, or simply the passage of time. 

Our team is trained to identify molds of all varieties, whether the mold is just taking hold or it’s been lurking in the crawl spaces for years. 

At its best, mold is a nuisance that can be fairly quickly dealt with using the right tools and solvents. At its worst, mold can overtake entire indoor areas, requiring extensive demolishing and replacement of structural support.

For home and business owners who are concerned with mold, the question can arise, “Can mold make you sick?”. This is a reasonable question to ask, because a small amount of common mold may not hold an especially significant health risk. However, other mold strains—regardless how much there is—can be potentially toxic for some people. 

In this blog post, we’re going to tackle the topic of mold toxicity, and we’re going to give you some things to think about if you’re concerned with protecting your health from the damaging effects of mold. 

Not All Molds Are Created Equal

First of all, we want to draw the distinction between the two kinds of molds that exist in the world: those that occur naturally, outside of man-made structures, and those molds that often propagate indoors and are unwelcome visitors. 

Outdoor molds actually play an important role in the health of our environment. Without them, many natural processes would slow or stop altogether, and trillions of biologically useful organisms would die as a result. 

Many strains of indoor molds that can be potentially toxic to humans include: 

    • Fusarium. Fusarium mold is very common in places that are cold and damp, much like most of Colorado can be during the fall, winter, and spring months. Fusarium mold can cause health effects.
  • Stachybotrys Chartarum. This is the commonly termed ‘black mold’ that grows in wet areas that aren’t properly disinfected. This mold is potentially toxic due to its secretions of something called ‘mycotoxins’—microscopic substances that are released into the air.

    Inhaling the mycotoxins released by Stachybotrys Chartarum can result in health effects.
  • Aureobasidium. Aureobasidium mold loves to grow on industrial adhesives. This means you’re likely to find this mold growing behind old wallpaper, in areas of heavy caulking, and on wooden surfaces fused together with putty or wood glue.

    Old, wooden furniture that hasn’t been professionally cleaned in years can exhibit signs of Aureobasidium mold infestation, which can be identified as pink and black blotches.
  • Trichoderma. Trichoderma species of mold, often called ‘trich’ or ‘trick’, is common, green mold. This is the mold strain that is most likely to form on old bread.

    Trichoderma is not highly toxic, and most humans can ingest small amounts of it and be fine. However, for those with compromised immune systems, this kind of mold can cause health effects.

This is just a brief list, and there are even more mold strains and species that could very well find their way into your Colorado home or business. 

What to Do about Mold

The best way to prevent mold is to keep indoor areas dry and clean.

However, even the most ardent cleaning efforts may sometimes come up short in the fight against mold. 

When you locate mold, it’s best to conduct a thorough cleaning of the entire area. This involves:

  1. Sealing off the affected area so mold spores don’t travel to other areas of the building. 
  2. Using warm water mixed with a household cleaning detergent that is antifungal and antibacterial. 
  3. Treating exposed surfaces to diluted bleach.
  4. Repeating steps two and three enough times to ensure that the mold is completely eliminated. 

In some cases, prolonged neglect and/or certain weather events can cause mold to grow into a problem that simple house cleaning cannot remedy. When this happens, it’s time to call SERVPRO.

Our team of mold remediation experts will conduct a thorough appraisal of your mold problem and determine what the best next steps are to return the area to normal. Often, just one or two visits are needed to adequately treat a serious mold problem. In other cases, they can work with you to develop a treatment schedule that will minimize disruption to your home or business. 

If you have a mold problem, we recommend addressing it sooner than later. If left untreated, mold can exponentially develop into a potentially toxic disaster. 

To learn more, contact SERVPRO of West Denver today!

Does Liability Insurance Cover Fire Damage?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Structure fires can lay waste to homes or commercial buildings in mere minutes, and the resulting damage can be astronomical. 

Regardless of how a fire starts—be it a result of neglect, natural disasters, arson, or a ‘perfect storm’ scenario—recovering from a fire is often a long and arduous process. Considering this, it’s no surprise so many home and business owners look to insurance coverage that specifically includes protection against losses due to fires. 

With all of the different kinds of insurance you could buy to protect your property from fire damage losses, you might find yourself wondering, “If I buy basic liability insurance, will fire damage be covered?”

SERVPRO of West Denver specializes in fire damage restoration. We know how catastrophic a fire can be, and we understand the disruption they can cause to the normal operation of business or home life. We also know how insurance policies often operate when the time comes to make a claim for fire damage losses. So, in this blog post, we’re going to be answering the question as to whether or not basic liability insurance covers fire damage. 

Liability Insurance, Defined

According to Investopedia, liability insurance:

“...provides the insured party with protection against claims resulting from injuries and damage to people or property.”

Here’s an example of how liability insurance might work in the case of a fire: 

  1. A kitchen fire breaks out in a restaurant. The fire causes damage to the physical structure, and there are no injuries.

  2. The property adjacent to the restaurant incurs fire-related damages. This could be due to smoke exposure or fire propagation.

  3. The restaurant owner had an existing liability insurance policy. The liability policy included specific provisions for liability coverage in the event of a fire.

  4. The restaurant owner did not have insurance coverage against fire-related losses for themselves. Whether this insurance wasn’t purchased because of budgetary reasons or some other reason, the restaurant owner has no recourse to recoup the losses to their own property as a result of the fire. 

However, because the liability insurance carried by the restaurant protected the business owner from third-party legal action resulting from fire damage, the fire’s impact on the adjacent building would be covered by the liability insurance policy. 

When You Think Liability, Think ‘Third-Party’

It’s important to note the distinction between property insurance and liability insurance. When a homeowner buys insurance coverage for their home, that coverage typically includes fire damage that impacts the property in question. However, without liability insurance that specifically protects the homeowner from claims made by a third party, a fire that spreads to a neighboring property might not be covered. 

It’s important to dive deep into the terms and conditions of any insurance policy you may be considering for your home or business. Because fire damages can be so costly, it’s worth the extra time to make sure you have a full understanding of what is and what isn’t covered by the policy. 

Arson

In some cases, fires are intentionally started by those engaging in a criminal activity. As long as the arsonist was not listed as a beneficiary of the policy that protected the home or business, the fire damage would be covered by the property insurance policy. 

Motor Vehicles

Just about every US state has a law that requires drivers to carry Public Liability and Property Damage (PLPD) insurance. This insurance kicks in whenever damage is done to persons or property as a result of an accident caused by the driver. 

However, this kind of coverage is restricted to third parties, not to the driver him/herself or the vehicle itself.

So, if a motor vehicle operator who was only covered by basic PLPD insurance strikes a utility pole and starts a fire that totals her car, the PLPD insurance would cover the damage done to the utility pole and any damage to any person or property aside from the insured and her vehicle.

Comprehensive insurance would be required in order for damage done to the vehicle itself to be covered. 

Have Fire Remediation Questions? Contact Us

Fire damage doesn’t have to mean ‘the end’ for a home or commercial building. In many cases, smaller fires can leave things looking worse than they may actually be. SERVPRO of West Denver has the tools, techniques, and trained staff needed to restore fire-damaged interiors safely, effectively, and quickly.

If your home or business has been damaged by a fire, contact us to schedule an on-site visit with one of our fire damage experts.

How Does the Commercial Restoration Process Work?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Disasters such as fire, mold, or even flooding and water damage can happen at any time. But when it happens to a commercial property, not only is the property damaged but also disrupts business operations. Whether it's a small enterprise or large corporation, the devastating effects of any disaster can be confusing and overwhelming to deal with.

Thus, the commercial restoration process must be comprehensive and effective to get your business back running in the shortest time possible. This informative guide is designed to help business and property owners understand the restoration process in the event of a disaster.

Emergency Contact

SERVPRO of West Denver offers 24-hour restoration service. A round-the-clock customer service provides you with quick access to request for restoration services. The restoration process typically begins with contacting the restoration company. On the call, a trained technician will guide you through the process and ease your mind.

Damage Assessment

Upon the arrival of SERVPRO of Denver West professional restoration team, a thorough assessment of your property is done to determine the extent of damage caused. Based on the findings, we will formulate the best plan of action for the restoration process. At the same time, this will allow us to create an accurate estimate of the expected reconstruction cost and date of completion and obtain necessary permits for restoration.

Document for Insurance

Proper documentation of the damage is crucial when filing an insurance claim. During the assessment phase, it is paramount that you are as detailed as possible when documenting. The documentation can include having photos of your property taken both inside and outside to showcase the extent of the damage. Ensure your pictures are clear and detailed.

This will help determine and prove the replacement costs and will make the claims process a lot easier. At every phase, have your insurance company's details readily available and maintain the necessary info they may need well- organized to ensure a seamless restoration process.

Mitigation and Salvage of Items

Mitigation may be necessary depending on the severity of the damage to prevent any further damage to your property. After disaster mitigation, any salvageable item inside is moved to a secure location. This helps minimize the losses you'd have incurred.

An efficient commercial restoration plan should include cleaning, drying, and deodorizing much of the salvaged items to make them usable again.

Property Cleanup

The fifth phase of the process will include a full cleanup effort. Using advanced restoration equipment, the team will eliminate debris and other contaminants from your property. Then, apply sanitizers and disinfectants to ensure proper compliance with applicable regulations, protocols and best practices.

Property Reconstruction

The last step is the reconstruction phase, which may include doing repairs and renovations. At this time, your commercial property is reconstructed to make it functional again. This is usually the longest part of the process. But the time taken to complete is determined by the severity of the damage sustained.

Working with a professional commercial restoration company like SERVPRO of Denver West ensures you have the expertise necessary to handle and execute your property reconstruction in a timely, affordable way.

Are you looking for professional commercial restoration services? Contact us today the moment a disaster has occurred to your commercial property for expert mitigation and restoration services.

Cleaning Up After a Fire: 5 Things to Throw Away

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

We all have a place we call home, where we retire at the end of a hard day's work. Having our home taken away from us devastates us beyond measure. However, the dangers of fires, natural catastrophes and theft remain closer than we may think. When a fire breaks out, the cleaning up process forms a key factor to recovery and healing from the traumatic experience. A hard pill to swallow comes when we realize that certain cherished items may have to go away! 

Medication

When a fire razes your home, any medicine present may absorb the high temperature and change the chemical components. The medicine also absorbs the soot and the contents of the fire extinguisher. Ingesting smoke and the contents of the fire extinguisher may expose you and your family to health complications. There are no buts on medications when it comes to choosing what to throw away after a fire. 

Food and Other Consumables

The smoke from the fire and fire extinguisher chemicals contaminate any food products. Food products include perishable and non-perishable food products.

Exposure to heat also alters the chemical elements of the food items, including the containers used for storing the food. Cloth packaging, metal tins, cardboard and plastics all change their chemical composition after exposure to high heat levels. Therefore, do not compromise on health at any standard.

Food stored in the freezer may have a slight chance of non-contamination, but it is better to be safe, discard the food. The trauma after a fire coupled with health complications from ingesting contaminated food may weigh down on your recovery process. 

Cosmetic Products

The standard while deciding what to throw away after a fire should focus on any products of a chemical nature. Cosmetic products such as make-up, oil products, perfumes and hair extensions have a chemical component. The high-temperature exposure during the fire may alter their chemical composition. Warped casings show that the fire contaminated the products. Fire extinguisher chemicals and soot add another chemical component into the products. Applying any of these contaminated products to your skin may result in an allergic reaction that may add to your woes. 

Clothing Material

Any clothes and bedding in the house catch fire. Thus, sort out all the burnt garments and throw them away. Some clothes may have escaped the wrath of the fire but may have soot and fire extinguisher chemicals on their surface. If the clothes belong to children, precaution dictates that you discard them too. However, the use of the appropriate detergents may help to rehabilitate burnt clothes and bedding. 

Burnt Electrical Equipment

Electrical equipment within the house has power cords and wiring that may burn during a fire. Electrical equipment that show signs of damage qualifies in the things to throw away after a fire. Compromised electrical equipment could result in another fire due to short circuits. Equipment includes computers, coffee makers, laundry machine, iron box and television sets. 

Recovering from the trauma after a fire occurs over some time. The healing process may take time and patience from your side. We at SERVPRO of West Denver understand your pain at this trying time and wish to walk you through the healing process. Let us help you rebuild your new home. We help in the clean-up process and follow up on the tiring process of the insurance claim. To get started, contact us today!

Is Water Damage Covered By Insurance?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

When you wake up to a flooding basement because of a faulty water pipe, it can be worrying--especially when you realize that the floor is damaged. Among the first questions that you will probably ask yourself is if you have water damage insurance coverage. Water damage insurance is a protection that is provided to most homeowners against accidental and sudden water damage. Insurance does not cover water damage resulting from negligence or lack of maintenance.

Under most standard home insurance policies, water damage that occurs suddenly or by accident from an uncontrollable cause (like a busted pipe) is likely to be covered by insurance. If the water damage is from outside your home, it won't be covered by your standard plan, though you can inquire about special coverage from flood-related costs with flood insurance. This is a separate plan that can be added to your existing coverage.

There are several types of water damage which might be covered or not covered by insurance:

  • Accidental or Sudden Discharge
  • Water Backup or Sewer Backup
  • Flood 
  • Overflow

WHEN DOES INSURANCE COVER YOU? 

Insurance will cover water damage in these cases:

  • Plumbing issues such as faulty plumbing, burst pipes, frozen plumbing, or accidental overflow
  • Snow or rainstorm 
  • Water damage that can result from extinguishing a fire
  • A leaking roof (this coverage might extend just to the interior of the home, excluding the roof)
  • An unintended overflow of a piece of equipment (like the toilet, bathtub, or washing machine)
  • Mold (only if it is the result of water damage)
  • Vandalism

WHEN DOES INSURANCE FAIL TO COVER WATER DAMAGE? 

Water damage is not covered by your insurance if it has not resulted from an accident or a sudden, unanticipated incident. Water damage from lack of maintenance and neglect will mean that you are personally responsible for meeting the cost of repairs. Some of the situations where insurance doesn't cover water damage include:

  • Water or sewer pipe backups
  • Ground leakage
  • Flooding
  • Poorly-maintained pipes that may leak
  • Gradual water damage, which happens gradually overtime causing damage to your property.

Water damage insurance coverage will not cover water damage that results from a flood. For that, you will need to buy additional flood insurance, mainly if you live in a high-risk region susceptible to flooding.

MOLD FROM WATER DAMAGE

Mold is prevalent, and is not always covered by insurance. It is costly to get rid of a mold invasion; your insurance may assist in covering the removal of the mold, but this will depend on what caused it in the first place. 

WHEN DOES INSURANCE COVER MOLD?

Mold is only covered if it has resulted from water damage. If mold grows as a result of situations beyond your control, such as an AC system overflow or burst pipes, your insurance will cover all or some of the mold removal fee since the mold is regarded as an extension of water damage. Otherwise, mold infestations are not covered if they have resulted from neglect or lack of maintenance.

Before purchasing water damage insurance coverage, ensure that you understand your insurance policy coverage, the exclusions, and your responsibilities as a property owner.

Celebrating Independence Day

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

American flag celebrating 4th of July Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO of Denver West

Summer is around the corner, and so is the National Holiday that brings Americans together—Independence Day. Last year, people all over the country spent $6.9 billion in preparation for this day. This year with COVID-19 restrictions, we all will be able to save some money. This year, we may all be viewing the most impressive fireworks shows on television versus large public gatherings.

SERVPRO of Denver West hopes that you can be home safe celebrating with family this weekend. And may we all look forward to 2021.

Here is an interesting fact, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and presidents of the United States died on July 4, 1826 – exactly 50 years after the adoption of the declaration.  

Grilling Fires Peak in July

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage from grilling Grilling Safety Tips from SERVPRO

SERVPRO® Alerts Local Grill Masters: Grilling Fires Peak in July

Fire clean-up professionals offer Denver area homeowners tips for safe outdoor cooking.

The summer grilling season is here, and outdoor cooking and socially-distanced picnic gatherings are a welcome change for families eager to get out and enjoy the warm weather. As families and friends prepare their next outdoor feast, Travis Ellerbroek of SERVPRO of Denver West, a local fire and disaster remediation specialist, urges Denver-area property owners to keep some sobering “grilling fire facts” from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in mind.

  • Gas grills, hibachis, and barbecues are involved in an average of 8,900 home fires each year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills contribute to another 1,300 home fires per year.
  • An average of 19,700 patients each year visit emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills. Nearly half (9,500 or 48%) of the injuries are thermal burns from fire (about 4,300) and from contact with hot objects (about 5,200). Children under five account for an average of 2,000 of those contact-type burns.
  • July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%).

According to the NFPA, three out of five households own a gas grill – and gas grills are the chief culprit in home grilling fires, and while grill-related fires peak between May and

August, nearly half of home grillers use their grill year-round. 

All grills

  • Use your propane or charcoal grill outdoors only. Place your grill away from your home or deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area, and never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Propane Grills

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal Grills

  • A charcoal chimney starter uses newspaper as a fuel to start the charcoal. If you use a starter fluid instead, use only charcoal starter fluid. If you choose an electric charcoal starter, make sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before transferring them to a metal container for disposal.

Even if no one is injured, a home fire can be devastating. It can destroy not just property but priceless memories and create chaos in the aftermath. Cleaning-up after a fire can feel

overwhelming because it often involves smoke and water damage beyond the damage from the flames. While we hope that these guidelines will help Denver-area homeowners have a safe, fire-free grilling season, accidents can happen. If you do experience a structure fire, our SERVPRO-trained professionals can help get you on the road to normal, managing clean-up efforts and helping with insurance and recovery. When disaster strikes, our goal, always, is to make it seem "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Denver West, please contact our office at 303-576-6868.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Table Toppers with Servpro Clean info Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Denver West today at 303-576-6868 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Natural Disaster Tips

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

After a natural disaster like a hurricane or a tornado, your first priority will be to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When the storm passes there will likely be challenges to face, but there are a few things you can do to help make sure you stay protected when it comes to your home and finances.

Before Making Repairs, Document the Natural Disaster Damage

It’s normal to want to start making repairs as soon as you can, but it’s recommended that you document any natural disaster damage first. This will likely help in discussions with your insurance company. Once you’ve protected your home from further damage, take photographs of debris and other natural disaster damages before removing or repairing anything.

If You Have Been Temporarily Relocated, Save Your Receipts

Your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover living expenses if your home has natural disaster damage and you need to leave it temporarily. It’s best to keep a record of all of your expenses during this time so that you have a record of what you spend, and so that you can submit them to your adjuster and insurance company for reimbursement consideration. If you have to leave your home and your address will change temporarily, it is important to update your contact information with your mortgage company. 

Beware of Fraud After Natural Disasters — From Home Repair Scams to Price Gouging

Home repair scams and price gouging efforts increase after natural disasters. Consider finding a contractor through a recommendation from someone who can vouch for their work. Be wary of contractors who ask for large amounts of money upfront or provide very low bids. Get multiple bids, set an agreement in writing, and make sure your contractor is insured. Keep these “red flags” in mind, too:

  • Unsolicited phone calls or visits
  • Fake officials or people impersonating government officials
  • Credentials that cannot be easily checked, such as a contractor address that can’t be verified
  • Price-busting promises, or people who promise a hefty discount without telling you the total cost of the job
  • Scare tactics or high-pressure sales tactics

How to Properly Wear a Mask

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help Stock Photo Covid-19 Proper use of PPE

Below are tips on when to wear a mask:
-Wear a mask if you are in public or in close contact with others.
-Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
-Masks are effective only when used along with frequent hand-cleaning with soap and water.

How to properly wear a mask:
-Before putting on a mask, clean hands with soap and water.
-Cover your mouth and nose with the mask and make sure there are no gaps.
-Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with soap and water.
-Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp. Do not re-use single-use masks.
-To remove the mask, remove it from behind your ears (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately and clean your hands with soap and water.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

SERVPRO Cleanup During the COVID-19 Outbreak

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 Virus stock photo SERVPRO Cleanup During the COVID-19 Outbreak

With each passing day during the COVID-19 global health crisis, the importance of adhering to rigorous disinfecting procedures becomes increasingly important. With no current vaccine available for the virus, the only way to mitigate its spread is by avoiding contact with others whenever possible. 

The federal government and states across the country have already taken drastic, never-before enacted measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as shutting down restaurants, workplaces and other public establishments. Unfortunately, many industries in the US are essential to the overall function of the country and the survival of its population.

For businesses that require continued operations that may not fully comply with the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines, extra steps should be taken to reduce the possibility of infection. This includes a thorough disinfection of any and all surfaces that may have come in contact with humans or may have been contaminated with droplets from an infected person. 

The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, has demonstrated exceptional capabilities insofar as its ability to survive on many types of surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Scientists from the National Institute of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University found that SARS-CoV-2 remains stable on cardboard for 24 hours, and plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days. 

Because of COVID-19’s formidable survivability, it is highly recommended that workspaces and residences that are at risk of spreading the virus invoke expert assistance from sanitation professionals like those at SERVPRO of Denver West. Our years of experience providing biohazard cleanup and restoration services has uniquely prepared us to tackle this challenge, and we possess the proper equipment, knowledge and professional service team to assist us in that goal.

For starters, SERVPRO of Denver West only uses cleaning products that meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for use against emerging viral pathogens, including coronaviruses. While there is no current verifiable product tested for the COVID-19 strain, the CDC currently recommends usage of a hospital-grade disinfectant that abides by these criteria and is known to be effective against similar viral pathogens. 

In addition to our cleaning and disinfecting services, SERVPRO of Denver West has taken steps internally to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amongst our staff. These include more frequent cleanings of SERVPRO equipment and facilities, prohibiting sick employees from working, and ensuring that all relevant and updated information regarding the virus is shared promptly and in full to the team.

As the situation develops, SERVPRO of Denver West will continue to comply with all standards and protocols set forth by the CDC regarding COVID-19. In the meantime, we ask our customers to be conscientious and do their part during this tumultuous time by continuing to wash their hands often and to practice social distancing whenever possible.

If your home or business is in need of a deep clean or disinfecting, be it COVID-19 related or otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Denver West 303-576-6868 today. Our team is standing by and ready to assist in this fight!

We are Cleaning Experts

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Denver West is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

• Kitchen/Food Areas

• Bathrooms

• Schools/Classrooms

• Offices

• Retail Spaces

• Water Fountains

• Shelving/Racks

• Sales Counters

• Carpets and Rugs

• Stair Handrails

• Elevator Cars

• Playground Equipment

• Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F %2F

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Note to Customers

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Your wellbeing is our number one concern. We are proud of the community we serve, and we want you to know we are committed to doing everything within our power to help limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and its resulting disease, coronavirus (COVID-19), and any other widely spread illnesses including the flu and cold.

Over the past few weeks, it has become clear the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our teammates, customers and community safe and healthy. 

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this unprecedented event. We appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus. From the onset of this situation, we have been listening to the Center for Disease Control and other appropriate sources for accurate and up to date information so we can adapt quickly to provide the level of service you expect from SERVPRO of Denver West.

We are prepared, trained and equipped to proactively clean and minimize the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 as well as provide cleaning and disinfectant services to those who have experienced confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

What we are doing:

  • Introducing additional rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures while taking sensible steps to protect our team. This means frequent and routine disinfecting of our equipment, vehicles, touch points (bathrooms, handles, common areas) at our facility.
  • Strictly enforcing our employee illness policy. Teammates showing any signs of cold, flu or respiratory illness are prohibited from working. 
  • Focusing on teammate health and safety. We are sharing the latest information with everyone on our team and ensuring they are aware of the frequent need to wash their hands and avoid touching their face.
  • Monitoring new developments so we can quickly adapt to continue to provide the level of service you need and the best possible experience. 

We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we remain deeply committed to the safety of our teammates, customers and community. Our customers, subcontractors and teammates are the heart of our company and we look forward to continuing our service to you.

Please take care of yourselves and each other. We are all in this together.

SERVPRO of Denver West 303-576-6868

Coronavirus Pathogen Disinfecting

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Denver West stands ready to assist those in need of Coronavirus (COVID19) pathogen disinfecting. SERVPRO of Denver West has the cleaning products, personal protective equipment, protocol, and trained personnel to provide emergency and scheduled service. If you are a property manager, building owner, school district, airport, medical facility, retail business, or homeowner give our office a call now at 303-576-6868.

SERVPRO of Denver West is sensitive to our customers unique needs and circumstances, no matter the job. Let us know what we can do to work around your schedule to meet your needs.

We can provide you with professional guidance and service. For more information and the latest news, visit the World Health Organization website at the link below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

What Damage Does a Blizzard Cause?

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

home with rooftop covered in snow Rooftop covered in snow

Snowfall in Colorado can be extreme. Every season here among the Rockies, we hunker down and prepare for the worst. 

Harsh winter weather takes a toll on all of us, regardless of whether we’re a property owner or not. Our commutes are lengthened due to inclement weather, there are road closures, and CDOT snow clearing vehicles often work overtime to keep our urban areas safe for motorists. 

With all of the inconveniences that come with heavy snowfall, one of the chief among them is the damage that it can cause. Blizzards in particular can be the source of extensive exterior and interior damage to residential and commercial buildings.

At SERVPRO of Denver West, we are experts at diagnosing and remediating damage caused by environmental events like blizzards, snow squalls, and hailstorms. Given enough time, virtually every building in Colorado will eventually encounter damage due to destructive winter weather. 

Because blizzards often carry with them a host of unforeseen damage potential, we’re going to explain why it is that these weather events can be so ruinous. With a little preparation and some understanding of what could happen, you can help protect your property and have a better handle on what to do should a Colorado blizzard find its way to your doorstep. 

The Cascading Effect of Big Snow

It’s not unheard of for blizzards to completely shut down entire cities. 

From March 17th to March 19th, 2003, more than 31 inches of snow fell in the metro Denver area. This unprecedented volume of snow caused numerous suburban communities to lose power for long stretches of time, and it was nearly impossible to travel on any of the surface streets or interstates. 

This blizzard was followed by multiple days of freezing weather, which further compounded the problem. As Coloradoans unburied their cars, patio furniture, and storage sheds from underneath all of the snow, they quickly discovered just how damaging blizzards can be. The most significant damage that was caused by this snowfall didn’t even take place on the days when the snow fell.

Rather, it was the days after the blizzard when most of the costliest damage was incurred by home and business owners. 

Here are some of the biggest reasons why the aftermath of a Colorado blizzard is so destructive: 

  1. Snow is heavy. Melting snow is even heavier. When we head out to the front yard to scoop up a snowball, it’s easy to view snow as being a light, fluffy substance. However, when dozens of inches of snow accumulate on the rooftops and trees above, the added weight of it begins to develop pressure.

    As the snow melts during the daytime, it will often refreeze when the sun goes down. This effect causes ‘ice damming’, a potentially damaging phenomenon that is not easily dealt with.

    The aggregated weight of snow, slush, ice, and water runoff is enough to snap large tree branches, cause cave-ins for weaker roofs, and damage RVs, awnings, gutters, and other exterior fixtures.

  2. Large snow volumes impede the progress of utility workers. It’s common for power to go out during exceptionally bad blizzards. This can happen due to tree branches falling onto power lines.

    With utility companies scrambling to restore power, home and business owners are often left in the dark for days on end. This inability to keep buildings warm and habitable can itself cause damage as water pipes freeze, food spoils, and appliances that require electricity cease functioning.

  3. Snowmelt seeps into compromised buildings, often undetected. With as much snow as there can be covering up the entire landscape, it can be impossible to visually detect where melting snow could be making its way indoors.

    Ice damming is often the culprit for water intrusion after a blizzard. But, because it can take so long to even detect the issue, the water can already start causing bigger problems like mold and rot.

Thankfully, there are some things you can do to stay safe before a blizzard hits. Stay tuned to your local news source, stock up on emergency food rations, and apply salt to exterior areas where snow and ice accumulation is likely. 

After the Blizzard, Call the Clean-up Wizards

No matter how bad blizzard damage is, there will always be SERVPRO of Denver West staff available to help with the restoration effort after the fact. 

If your home or commercial building ends up on the receiving end of a particularly nasty blizzard, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Denver West for help restoring your property safely, quickly, and effectively.

Does SERVPRO Clean Crime Scenes?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Male employee in full Tivek , scoping crime scene Does SERVPRO Clean Crime Scenes?

After a crime has been committed and the police, forensics team, and investigators have completed their evidence-gathering activities, there’s a lot more that needs to be done to return the area to its original condition.

Depending on the numerous factors involved in the crime, the resulting environment could be exceptionally dangerous. Bloodborne pathogens can pose a significant threat for anyone who enters the area. There can also be chemical residues left behind by forensics teams—residues that must be cleaned in order to restore the area to pre-crime conditions. 

A crime scene is very often classified as a biohazard, which adds a layer of complexity for whomever is tasked with cleaning it up. 

That’s where SERVPRO of Denver West can help. 

Yes, SERVPRO Cleans Crime Scenes 

Crime scene and trauma cleanup is a hallmark service offered. SERVPRO of Denver West professionals have the knowledge and skill required to safely and effectively clean virtually any crime scene. 

We do this by following the exacting standards set forth by both the Occupational Safety and Hazard Association (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both of these governmental institutions have very clear guidelines for how to manage the cleanup of a crime scene, including specific steps related to:

  • Identifying and removing fingerprinting powder, luminol, and other forensics chemicals
  • Safe, complete removal of chemical sprays like pepper gas, tear gas, and combustion residues
  • Effective cleaning of fire extinguishing fluids and powders
  • Precision removal of blood, bodily fluids, tissue remnants, and other organic material
  • Containment of potentially hazardous compounds found throughout the area

When it comes to cleaning up a crime scene, attention to detail is absolutely critical to the overall success of the job. SERVPRO of Denver West has developed the tools and techniques necessary to quickly and effectively clean crime scenes while maintaining a level of professionalism and respect that is unparalleled in this industry. 

Illicit Substance Manufacturing Cleanup

When drugs like methamphetamine, PCP, and heroin are manufactured in black market laboratories, the entire area can become infused with dangerous residues. The reason for this is because the drug manufacturers rarely, if ever, adequately protect the walls, flooring, and fixtures as they work. 

So, when harmful, volatile substances like kerosene and other alcohol esters seep into the surfaces in a home, warehouse, or other area, cleanup can be especially challenging. Not only could there be a risk of combustion, but there could also be trace amounts of the illicit drug itself still in the area. 

To address the complex problem of illicit substance manufacturing cleanup, SERVPRO of Denver West uses highly specialized tools and cleaning solvents that are specifically engineered for just this purpose. Combined with the expertise of our team, the result is a cleaning job that is extensive, thorough, and expedient. 

Adherence to Federal and State Guidelines

Both the State of Colorado and the federal government have set forth explicit guidelines that must be followed by any person or organization responsible for crime scene cleanup. Even the documentation of the cleanup itself has its own directives. 

Failing to abide by these guidelines can result in severe civil or criminal infractions. To comply with the rigorous state and federal guidelines that apply to crime scene cleanup, SERVPRO of Denver West cleaning technicians are exhaustively trained and kept current on all relevant laws. If these guidelines change for whatever reason, our training changes in lockstep.

This commitment to ‘following the rules’ results in peace of mind for our clients. Moreover, if you ever have a question about our cleaning methodologies, we will always be happy to share the details with you. And, if there are any post-cleanup concerns that you need to know about, we’ll make sure you’re completely informed at every turn. 

For Fast, Effective Crime Scene Cleanup, Contact SERVPRO of Denver West.

Here at SERVPRO of Denver West, we have a passion for restoring crime scenes to a state that doesn’t suggest that a crime ever even occurred. 

We do this by leveraging industry best practices, highly trained staff, and diligent adherence to governmental guidelines. If you are a property owner, property manager, or other stakeholder in the remediation of a crime scene, contact SERVPRO of Denver West today 303-576-6868

While the details related to a crime might be sensitive and disruptive, the cleaning process doesn’t have to be. 

Contact our offices today to schedule an on-site appraisal of the cleanup work that will be necessary to fully restore the area. Our professional, knowledgeable team is standing by, ready to assist in any way we can, so that you can move on with work, business, and life.

What is Construction Cleanup?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Male Employee Sweeping floor debris Construction Cleanup

After significant home renovations like room additions and wall knock-downs, the aftermath of the construction job isn’t always pretty. 

Debris resulting from construction work needs to be removed before interior design concepts can be realized and furnishings can be added. What’s more, the industrial refuse left over after the work crew has finished can sometimes present an unsafe environment. 

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in providing post-construction cleanup services, from removing potentially dangerous construction debris to deep-cleaning carpets and upholstery. If you’ll be transitioning from the construction phase of a remodeling project to the finishing phase, you’ll need SERVPRO to come in and perform a comprehensive clean. 

We Go Beyond the Obvious

Did you know that during many residential construction projects, the interior of the home is often subjected to high amounts of moisture and humidity?

For especially time-intensive construction projects, this moisture-trapping effect can promote the growth of mold. Unfortunately, mold can establish itself and begin propagating without any visible signs whatsoever, making mold remediation a problem that often goes undetected until it’s too late. 

Eliminating mold, mildew, and accumulated moisture is one of the many ways that SERVPRO of Denver West restores interior areas after a construction project. 

While many other cleanup companies may perform cleaning services that take care of the ‘obvious’ (visible debris like dirt, sawdust, and scrap), SERVPRO goes the extra mile. We completely recondition both residential and commercial interiors and restore them to their cleanest, most presentable possible status. 

SERVPRO restoration technicians pay extra-close attention to many aspects of interior areas that often go overlooked, including:

  • Resilient and non-resilient floor preparation.  Are you getting ready to put carpet, tile, or engineered flooring in? Need the professionals to ensure that the subfloor is prepared? We’ve got you covered.
  • Extensive cleaning of walls, ceilings, and fixtures. It takes specialized equipment and trained staff to effectively clean surfaces like walls, partitions, and ceilings. SERVPRO can remove built-up residue, whether due to construction or years of accumulation.

    This deep clean results in a fresh, beautiful inside space that is more welcoming to live or work in.
  • Advanced deodorization. How do you know a construction area has been cleaned by a SERVPRO team? When the air smells fresh and there aren't any lingering odors.

    Using state-of-the-art deodorization formulations and application techniques, SERVPRO restoration technicians can significantly reduce the smell of smoke, mold, adhesives, paint, or other odors.
  • Cleaning of air ducts and vents. Did you know that your local SERVPRO can help to improve indoor air quality after a construction job?

    When woodworkers, a demo crew, or masons do the work they need to in order to complete a construction job, the amount of fine particulate matter that is released into the air can become a real problem for the HVAC system.

    SERVPRO can perform a thorough air duct cleaning procedure that solves this problem, allowing your furnace and AC to function optimally and for you to breathe easier. .
  • Total window cleaning. An interior space isn’t completely clean until the windows have been cleaned by SERVPRO. Our team cleans all accessible windowed surfaces, both interior and exterior.

    We’ll even clean the drapes and blinds, too!

Because SERVPRO of Denver West is able to provide such a broad array of post-construction cleanup services, our customers enjoy the convenience of dealing with a single point-of-contact for all of their cleaning needs.

And, because of our commitment to communication and customer service, you’re always kept informed on the status of your cleaning project. After our crew has left the building, you can be sure it will be its cleanest, ready for paint, carpet, furniture, or appliances. 

When It Has to Look the Very Best, Put SERVPRO to the Test

We’re only so confident that we’re the best post-construction cleanup company in the area because our customers tell us we are! 

If you need fast, affordable, efficient cleanup after a residential or commercial construction project, your local SERVPRO is here to help. 

Contact SERVPRO of Denver West today, and inquire about having a member of our team meet with you to go over your options. We’ll conduct a thorough appraisal of the area and provide you with a quote for all the cleaning work that will be required to bring the interior space to its best possible condition. 

Don’t forget that we’re available 24 hours a day! Call us now at (303) 576-6868. Regardless of how chaotic your post-construction area is, our team of certified, professional staff is looking forward to cleaning it for you!

Top 10 Disasters That Can Occur While You're on Vacation

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

house destroyed by hurricane Top 10 Disasters That Can Occur While You're on Vacation

When you’re not home, your house instantly becomes more vulnerable to disasters. And, when you’re away for an extended period of time—say, for a week-long vacation at the beach—that risk is compounded even further. 

While there are some measures you can take to help mitigate this risk, disasters can strike at any time and for a multitude of reasons. In this blog post, we’re going to examine the top ten disasters that can occur while you’re away on vacation. 

Disaster #1: A House Fire

This could be the most commonly feared disaster among them all. More than ¼ of all reported structure fires involve residential buildings like single-family homes and duplexes. 

The causes of house fires vary widely. Anything from an unattended candle to a lightning strike can start a house fire. This is why it’s especially important to complete a comprehensive inspection of your home, looking for things like activated appliances or exposed flammables, before locking the front door and heading out for your vacation. 

Disaster #2: Burglary

Forced entry by a thief is, unfortunately, a risk for anyone living virtually anywhere in the US. When you’re gone on vacation and a thief sets his sights on your home, there had better be some defense mechanisms in place, or else you could be greeted by an empty home upon your return. 

Disaster #3: A Landslide

Wherever there is heavy rain combined with loose, sloping ground, landslides will be an inevitability. Thankfully, landslides that damage residential buildings are fairly rare in the United States, but they do happen. 

Disaster #4: A Mold Invasion

Returning from a long, restful vacation is one of the most inconvenient times to learn that you have a mold problem. The reality is that mold can overtake entire areas of a home if it is left untreated. 

Disaster #5: An Unwanted Guest Invasion (rodents, bats, etc.)

While you were out catching some rays on that beach in Florida, a colony of bats decided to post up in your attic. Now, there’s guano everywhere and remediation is required to get things back to normal. 

Alternatively, word among rats spread that your house was warm and empty. So, they moved in and started chewing the place up. Both of these scenarios are very real possibilities when a home is left unattended for a long stretch of time. 

Disaster #6: Falling Debris Strikes the Home

Tree branches. Blown over telephone or utility poles. An especially heavy hail storm. 

All of these things can seriously damage a home. The good news is that falling debris is covered by most homeowners insurance policies, but it’s probably worthwhile to double-check before starting your vacation. 

Disaster #7: Flooding

Flooding is absolutely catastrophic for most buildings. The reason is because flood water is never just water—it brings in pathogens and detritus from everything it has come into contact with. This leaves flood-affected buildings in a state of significant disrepair. What’s more, flood insurance coverage is rarely ever included with most homeowners insurance policies, leaving many homeowners ‘up a creek’ after a flood (no pun intended). 

Disaster #8: A Burst Water Heater

Most water heaters that are installed in single-family homes hold at least 40 gallons of water in them. Older water heaters that might have compromised internal components can burst, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. 

If this happens while you’re away, the resulting water damage can compound for every day it is left unresolved. 

Disaster #9: The Lawn or Garden Dies

While this may not seem like a disaster per se, it can be if your lawn or garden involves a significant investment of your time and money. Bringing a lawn or garden back to life after it has died off completely can take months. 

Disaster #10: Vandalism

Wherever there are criminals with too much time on their hands, there is likely to be vandalism. This can take the form of destroyed mailboxes, graffiti-painted siding, and broken windows or other structural damage. It’s hard to protect yourself against this kind of disaster—it’s best to know what you’ll do after it happens instead of trying to avoid it altogether. 

Vacations should be restful, enjoyable, and relaxing. You shouldn’t have to worry about what’s going on back home. If disaster does strike, however, and you need help restoring your home to the condition it was in before you went on vacation, contact SERVPRO of Denver West. We know disaster recovery. 

Now get out there and enjoy your vacation!

SERVPRO Tips to Avoid Furnace Repair During Winter

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Maytag Furnace Avoid Furnace Outages

Nobody likes being uncomfortable, especially when it’s -8 degrees and your furnace goes out. Then you have to make that painful call to your expensive repair man, who can only work on the furnace while you’re at home. Oh, let’s not forget those pesky Holiday or after hour fees they charge. So now you’re stuck in a freezing house in the middle of winter with no heat, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also be dangerous. Everyone says hindsight is 20/20, so here are a couple of tips you could have used to help prevent this unfortunate situation.

  • Keep An Eye On Your Furnace’s Air Filter

The air filter for the furnace is there for just that, to filter out the dirt, dust and debris from your home, and when this filter gets over used, it reduces the amount of air flowing into your system. In turn, this causes a negative impact on your system and starts to make it work harder, making it more vulnerable to those costly breakdowns and running up your energy bill. It’s always smart to change your furnace filter every one to three months.

  • Make Sure You're Keeping Your HVAC System Free of Debris

As previously mentioned, dirt and debris can block airflow and can cause a system to shut down. So making sure the area around your furnace is clean and clear is a must. Also, occasionally checking your air vents to make sure they are open and unblocked by furniture that can impede the heat coming into rooms is a good habit to get into. Contact SERVPRO of Denver West to schedule your HVAC system cleaning now. 303-576-6868

  • Have Your HVAC System Maintained Regularly

Having your HVAC system maintained by a professional who can spot and stop problems not only saves money by avoiding major issues, but also allows your system to run more efficiently ending up with lower energy bills. Ultimately, the visit of the maintenance visit will pay for itself through less money towards bills, fewer repairs and a longer lasting furnace.

Boarding Up Broken Windows

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Boarded Up Home Boarded up window

Fire Damage Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage. SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Vandalism Board-Up

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals will act quickly to remove broken glass from inside & outside  your home or business and effectively board up all windows securing the inside of the building.

What About Other Types of Vandalism?

 In addition to boarding up, SERVPRO of Denver West professionals can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Their highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

What to Expect When SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals Provide Board-Up for Your Home or Business  

  • Temporary secure enclosure  
  • Roofs will be temporarily secured with tarps
  • Fencing can be provided as an extra measure
  • All openings will be temporarily secured 

Call us at 303-576-6868 if you have any questions or concerns.

SERVPRO of Denver West Offers Many Services

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services:

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO of Denver West for these residential services:

SERVPRO Professional Knowledge

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes

Whenever you have a problem with your home, the first impulse is usually to tackle the problem yourself. Sometimes this can be the right choice, and the problem’s easy enough to solve on your own. Other times it’s much safer and smarter to call in the pros from the beginning.

Tracking down tricky leaks is one of those times. Sure, some leaks are easy to track down, but water has a way of traveling odd paths. So once finding a leak gets tough, then it’s time to call in some help. And here’s why:

They Know Where to Look

Water can travel strange paths before it finally comes out into your home, and you might be surprised how far it can come. That discolored spot on your basement ceiling could actually be caused by a leak in your roof, or your wall on the opposite side of the house.

Professionals have tracked down hundreds, even thousands of leaks over the years. That experience gives them a wide variety of usual suspects to check, and a good number of unusual ones, too.

They Know What to Look For

That slight, turquoise line along your copper pipe? That’s where water has run along the outside and caused the copper to oxidize. It’s a sure sign that a leak is sending water traveling on the wrong side of the pipes.

Pros know these and dozens of other signs. What looks like a bit of dirt to you might indicate a serious leak in your roof, foundation, or wall. Or it might just be some dirt. A professional will be able to know the difference for certain.

They’ve Got the Right Equipment

Most of us can only use our eyes or sense of touch to lead us to water, but not the professionals. They have a wide variety of specialized equipment that can sense moisture and humidity through walls or probe underground for water deposits using ground penetrating radar.

This equipment can be expensive to buy and tricky to use. They have years of experience using the equipment, and know how to put it to good use.

By using a professional in the first place, you remove that step from the process, saving you money and getting the leak repaired sooner.

Local SERVPRO Tips

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

safety first cartoon man Winter Safety Tips

When you live in Colorado, you can usually count on one thing - there will always be at least one blizzard during the winter season. Everyone knows the standard checklist when preparing for old man winter, including the dreaded run to a crowded grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and eggs. But here at SERVPRO of Denver West we have a few tips for things you may have forgotten or not thought of: 

  • Keep all electronics you may need, including cell phones, tablets and entertainment for the kids fully charged when you know a storm is coming. This way if the power goes out, you still have a full 100% instead of starting at 25%.
  • Keep one or more portable battery packs fully charged for when the juice runs out on your electronics. If you are in a pinch and need to charge an electronic device, remember that most can be charged in an automobile - Just remember to start it and let it run while charging so you don't drain the battery in your automobile. 
  • Keep extra coolers and empty your ice maker into large storage bags for a few days before the storm. This way if you lose power you can keep your refrigerator or freezer items cold as long as possible. 
  • Keep books, playing cards and board games easily accessible in case boredom sets in. 
  • Make sure to check your supply of items such as pet food, formula and diapers for children, toiletries and medications. 

Stay safe and remember that we are always here to help!

Emergency Holiday Disaster Response

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday Presents

Behind their charming facades, our homes hide an inner holiday Grinch. Flickering candles? Fire hazard. Snow-dusted walkway? Think slip and fall. Pyramid of presents? Burglary bait.  Here's how homeowners insurance helps you recover financially.

House fires

From dehydrated Christmas trees to overworked outlets, the halls are decked with fire hazards this time of year. Candle fires, in particular, hit their annual peak on Christmas, New Year's Day and Christmas Eve, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Allstate's median home fire claim during the holiday season is about $70,000, says Glenn Shapiro, the company's chief claims officer.

Covered by: Within homeowners insurance, dwelling coverage pays for home repairs and personal property insurance covers belongings.

Wrap it up: Ask your insurer for help pinpointing your home's rebuilding cost. "It could be years since you bought the policy, and building costs may have increased," Shapiro says. If the reconstruction cost exceeds your dwelling insurance amount, boost your limits accordingly.

Stolen presents

Theft is a common source of holiday homeowners insurance claims, Shapiro says. In some cases, our own behavior fuels the problem. For instance, two in three people have gifts delivered despite not being home to receive them, according to a 2015 Allstate survey.

Covered by: Personal property insurance covers stolen items. This can include packages plucked from your stoop, says Chris Hackett, senior director of personal lines at trade group Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. To make a claim, you'll need to file a police report.

However, if only a couple of items go missing you might not benefit from a claim, Hackett cautions, because the payout could be less than your deductible.

Wrap it up: Consider lowering your personal property coverage deductible. Although your rates would increase, your insurance would stretch further if you need to make a claim.

Injured guests

Say you undercook dinner and send relatives to the hospital. Or maybe someone breaks a hip on your icy walkway. You could end up on the hook for medical costs when you host holiday get-togethers.

Covered by: The medical payments coverage within home insurance pays for injuries that guests sustain on your property. You also have liability insurance in case you're sued, Shapiro says.

Wrap it up: Insurance limits for medical payments are usually low when you buy your policy, Hackett says. A bare-minimum policy pays about $1,000 per person, making this good coverage to beef up before welcoming the holiday herd.

Water damage from frozen pipes

Leaving home can be as problematic as playing host. As an example, Shapiro points to insurance claims involving frozen pipes. If an unoccupied house gets too frosty, water freezes and expands inside the pipes, increasing chances of a burst.

Covered by: Water damage from burst pipes is covered by standard home insurance, Hackett says, including damage to your house and soaked belongings.

Wrap it up: Check the fine print in your policy regarding frozen pipes. You might need to take certain preventive action before vacations to make a claim, such as shutting off your water or leaving the heat on.

What to do When a Disaster Strikes

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded interior of home Call SERVPRO When in Need

It happens when you least expect it. You take the steps to the basement, and when your foot hits the floor, you step onto wet carpet. Yuck. You have no idea where the water is coming from, or how long it’s been there.

After the initial shock and confusion, you may find yourself asking, “What do I do now?”. The following steps can help you navigate the process of managing a water loss in a quick, effective manor, reducing the amount of damage to your home, and keeping overall cost to you as low as possible.

Stopping The Source

Stopping the flow of water is the first step to getting on the right track. Shutting off the water to the appliance or area that is leaking is important to being able to fix the leak. If you are able, shut the water off to this area, or to the whole house if you are unsure of where the water is coming from.

Once the leak is identified, or even if you are unsure of the cause, calling a Licensed Plumber to identify and fix the problem is highly advisable. This ensures that the leak is fixed correctly, and/or that the appliance in question is properly repaired or replaced.

Keeping Damages to a Minimum

Once any amount of water has leaked into your home, there will be damage. However, you can keep this damage to a minimum by calling SERVPRO as soon as possible. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can begin to clean up and minimize the damage, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Also, the less time the water spends saturating the materials in your home, the lower the likelihood is that your home will develop mold and microbial growth.

Sewage

Water leaking into your home is never desirable. Sewage leaking into your home can be considered a nightmare, especially when it affects a large area or multiple levels in your house. Exposed Sewage can create a risk of mold and microbial growth, as well as illness for those in the home. Prompt clean up and neutralization of contaminates is the first priority.

When sewage backs up through drains or toilets, the first thing to do is call a Licensed Plumber, or your city Water and Sewer Provider. Finding the source, and ensuring that there is not another sewage loss in your home is key to preventing multiple mitigations from being needed, and ultimately keeps the cost to you to a minimum.

Mitigation

Once SERVPRO is on site, an initial assessment will be made of the damages and projected time needed to dry the structure. Also, an assessment will be made of the materials affected, and it will be determined if those materials can be dried, or will need to be removed.

If your contents, such as furniture, boxes, clothing, and decorative items cannot remain in place while drying, SERVPRO provides moving and pack out services for on site or off site storage while mitigation is taking place.

The average mitigation takes about 3 days, but could take less or more time depending on the level of saturation and the scale of the loss.

SERVPRO Technicians and Crew Chiefs use a variety of equipment and tools to ensure proper drying, included but not limited to Dehumidifiers, Air Mover Fans, and Non-Invasive Moisture Monitors.

After Mitigation

Once ensuring that your home has met dry standard, SERVPRO Crew Chiefs and Technicians will remove all equipment and remove any items brought into your home. If materials have been removed, SERVPRO will be happy to refer you to a Contractor for rebuild services.

If no rebuild is needed, you should be able to return to normal life in a clean dry home.

 These steps can help guide you through the stressful time of water loss in your home.

Feel free to call SERVPRO of Denver West at any times with questions about mitigation, water damage, or clean up services.

303-576-6868

Water damage is never pleasant, but with SERVPRO of Denver West you can assure a professional and quality cleanup.

SERVPRO Smoke & Soot Removal

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Raging Fire in home Smoke and soot damage can cause an odor throughout the building

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Denver West will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (303) 576-6868

Call to discuss our ERP on your Commercial Property Today!

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SERVPRO ERP helps your property recover and stay in business

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

Winter Property Preparation

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Tips to prepare your building for winter weather

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
  • Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage

House Flood Storm Damage

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Homes Flooded outside When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Denver West

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

Winter Weather Storm Readiness

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Moisutre building up on window during winter

When the outside temperature drops we start to close up our homes. We close the windows and doors and even start installing different weatherproof products (insulation, weather stripping, spray foam, etc.). The problem often is that we are stagnating the interior and trapping moisture inside the house. This is especially the case if there are many occupants creating moisture by breathing, bathing, cooking and exercising. Also, we create stagnant odors and allow airborne particles to be locked in the house with us (germs, dust, mites, microbes, etc.).

The next thing that usually occurs is we activate the heating system to compensate for the falling outside temperatures. This has the tendency to dry the interior out, but in doing so can encourage expansion and contraction of interior materials and cause cracks in drywall, doors that don't fit, separating wood trim, heaved floors, and other problems. 

If you have a gas forced-air furnace, a benefit is that the furnace and its blower motor and filter help cleanse the interior environment. The concern is that you always need to maintain a balance where there is not too much nor too little moisture being added to the now locked-up house. Too much moisture can cause the formation of mildew and mold, cause the windows to steam up, cause doors to stick and just create a damp, humid environment.

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If your home is damaged from the winter weather call SERVPRO of Aurora at 720-837-7553

Water Mitigation and Reconstruction

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can perform mitigation and repair services in your home.

Who Can Provide Mitigation & Reconstruction?

When your home or business suffers water damage it’s important to start the mitigation process as soon as possible. The longer moisture sits in walls and flooring, the more damage the structure of your home will suffer. It’s important to call your nearest mitigation specialist as time is crucial.

In most cases, water damage leads to mold growth. Do you know why? Moist and humid surfaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Time is of the essence in every water loss.

When the mitigation process is complete you are left with a partially constructed home or business. No worries! SERVPRO can provide mitigation reconstruction. Once all moisture is eliminated from the structure and the non-salvageable walls and flooring are removed, reconstruction can begin.

Rather than having multiple contractors in your home or business, have SERVPRO come in and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do You Need Emergency Water Damage Services?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall in a bathroom Cut Water damage to your home basement

SERVPRO of Denver West is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (303) 576-6868

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Denver West has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Colorado Storm Response

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SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit your area, we can scale our resources to handle any large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Property Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded office Commercial storm water damage

Flooding and water damage events at Aurora commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What To Do After a House Fire

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

soot and charred kitchen fire Fire Damage-what to do

A house fire is an unpredictable disaster. The US fire departments report that approximately 354,400 residential structures are destroyed by fire every year. Unfortunately when it happens, it can be a terrifying experience, and can change your life entirely.

More importantly, moving on with your life after a house fire can be devastating since you have no idea on who to call, what to do next, or even where to start. But it doesn't have to. Below is what to do after a house fire to help you and your family get started during this difficult time.

1. MAKE IMPORTANT CALLS

After a house fire, call your family members who may have been away and let them know what occurred and if everyone is safe. 

2. FIND A SAFE PLACE TO STAY

House fires are overwhelming especially if there are children and pets involved. You need to relocate to a comfortable and safe place even for one night to help you figure out what to do next and for your family to rest.

If your friends and family aren't available, you can reach out to a disaster relief agency such as the Red Cross. They can provide a temporary shelter for free.

3. CALL YOUR INSURANCE AGENT

After relocating to a safe place, you should file your claim immediately. The sooner you contact your insurance agent, the sooner the documentation and reimbursement process begins. Most insurers can also cater for daily expenses also referred to as loss of use fund especially if you lost your debit and credit cards in the fire. Your agents can also help find abatement or cleaning services.

4. IS YOUR HOME SAFE TO RE-ENTER?

House fires tend to weaken your home structures as well as leave toxic fumes from the burned stuffs. If you want to get back to the house to salvage some items, wait for a fire marshal to declare it safe. Also, you need to speak with your insurance agent or adjuster before you re-enter your home to avoid problems during reimbursement.

5. SALVAGE UNDAMAGED POSSESSIONS

If your house was partly damaged by fire and deemed safe to enter, you can remove undamaged items. It is recommended to clean the salvaged possessions preferably by fires restoration professionals like SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Denver West  have the tools and experience designed to restore items affected by fire. Our Franchise has vaults available to store your salvaged items, during the restoration process.

You can also rent a storage unit to store the salvaged items. This way, your possessions will not be damaged further or make it difficult for the repairs. The cost of the storage units depends on the size among other factors, and may be covered by your insurance policy. Always ask your agent or adjuster for clarification.

6. MAKE A LIST OF ALL DAMAGED ITEMS

Make sure you list all items that were damaged or lost whether big or small in the fire to ensure you are reimbursed. This is because most insurance companies need detailed information such as serial numbers, models and receipts. You can also search online for bank statements for proof of purchase. However, it can be difficult if everything was completely destroyed.

If crucial documents such as driver's licenses, passports, birth certificates, and tax information among others were destroyed too, you should list them too. Your insurance agent will inform you on the documents you need for reimbursement so you can replace them first.

When disaster strikes, it can be a stressful and traumatizing experience especially when trying to figure out what to do after a house fire. But don't fret, you can count on SERVPRO of Denver West. We have the tools, expertise and experience to help you clean, repair and restore your damaged property "Like it never even happened." Moreover, we work hand in hand with your insurance company to quicken the claim process.

For more information on what to do after a house fire, including steps to repair damage, please contact us.

SERVPRO of Denver West 303-576-6868

Storm Readiness

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Preparation and readiness before a natural disaster strikes can make all the difference in losing valuable possessions, and salvaging your property.

Natural fires can spark at anytime. Storm waters can rage and spread quickly. Always make sure to have a flash light, fire extinguisher, and disaster plan in place for your family and business.

These things will allow you to respond quickly and safely if an event was to occur.

SERVPRO of Denver West  provides free Emergency Response Plans for businesses to help identify risk factors, key points in the building, and personnel notifications among many other things. Preparing in advance is Storm Readiness. Call our Development Team at 303-576-6868 for your Business Emergency Ready Plan. An account representative can implement a Emergency Ready Profile for your business at no cost.

Hurricane Recovery for Businesses

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Quick Response

Thankfully Hurricane Dorian caused less property damage than expected. However, there was still a lot of devastation and setbacks to businesses across the Carolina's and Georgia. Below are 5 key steps to recovery and getting back to your normal day-to-day business operations.

1. Safety is priority

2. Document everything that was damaged and that you did in response

3. Cleanup as quickly as possible

4. Communicate with internal staff, customers, and vendors/suppliers

5. Reach out to others in your local economy

Always remember that safety is the most important concern and should be the first steps taken. Once the people and the structure has been deemed safe, you can go to work inspecting and reviewing the damage caused. This is when it is best to call your local SERVPRO for assistance in cleanup and restoration efforts. Call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868 with any questions on how your business can be better prepared when disaster strikes.

Storm Safety

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Emergency Services

No matter where you live or work, you will experience severe storms at one time or another. It is important that you are prepared and educated in advance of this so you are best able to handle the circumstance. Whether you live in Tornado Alley, along the coasts, on a fault line, or in fire prone locations, the following is a lists of preparation steps you should take.

  • Keep a battery powered radio at your residence
  • Have a flashlight accessible
  • Unplug electrical appliances from your home when gone for extended periods
  • Ensure roof shingles are well secured and nailed down
  • Employ a lightning protection system to avoid strikes on your home
  • Board up windows and doors in advance of a major storm

These are just a few of many important steps to take to be prepared for a storm. Call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868 with questions regarding storm safety and preparedness.

Industrial and Manufacturing Facilities Statistics

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Industrial Fire

During 2011–2015, an estimated 37,910 fires in industrial and manufacturing properties were reported to U.S. fire departments per year.

These included:

  • 6,730 outside or unclassified
  • 7,770 structure fires
  • 3,410 vehicle fires
  • An estimated $1.2 billion in property damage per year
  • Structure fires are more common in manufacturing or processing properties, while vehicle fires are more common in agricultural properties.
  • Electrical distribution and lighting equipment was involved in 24% of structure fires, and heating equipment was involved in another 16% of these fires.
  • Hot ember or ash was the leading heat source in 15% of outside non-trash fires in industrial properties.
  • Vehicle fires are more common in the fall months, particularly in October, likely due to harvesting activities.

During 2011-2015, there were an estimated 37,910 fires at industrial or manufacturing properties (including utility, defense, agriculture, and mining) reported to U.S. fire departments each year, with associated annual losses of 16 civilian deaths, 273 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. The vast majority of these fires (71%) occurred in outside or unclassified locations, with another 20% taking place in structures and 9% of the fires in vehicles. The 20% of fires taking place in structures accounted for the largest shares of losses in all categories – 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage. Almost two-thirds (65%) of the combined industrial or manufacturing facility structure fires occurred specifically in manufacturing properties (as opposed to utility, industrial, defense, agriculture, and mining properties).

Why Does Flooding Occur?

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Town

Floods

Floods are a natural part of the water cycle, but they can be terrifying forces of destruction. Put most simply, a flood is an overflow of water in one place. Floods can occur for a variety of reasons, and their effects can be minimized in several different ways. Perhaps unsurprisingly, floods tend to affect low-lying areas most severely. Floods usually occur when precipitation falls more quickly than that water can be absorbed into the ground or carried away by rivers or streams. Waters may build up gradually over a period of weeks when a long period of rainfall or snow-melt fills the ground with water and raises stream levels.

Flash floods are sudden and unexpected, taking place when very intense rains fall over a very brief period. A flash flood may do its damage miles from where the rain actually falls if the water travels far down a dry streambed so that the flash flood occurs far from the location of the original storm.

Heavily vegetated lands are less likely to experience flooding. Plants slow down water as it runs over the land, giving it time to enter the ground. Even if the ground is too wet to absorb more water, plants still slow the water’s passage and increase the time between rainfall and the water’s arrival in a stream; this could keep all the water falling over a region to hit the stream at once. Wetlands act as a buffer between land and high water levels and play a key role in minimizing the impacts of floods. Flooding is often more severe in areas that have been recently logged.

When a dam breaks along a reservoir, flooding can be catastrophic. High water levels have also caused small dams to break, wreaking havoc downstream. People try to protect areas that might flood with dams, and dams are usually very effective. People may also line a riverbank with levees, high walls that keep the stream within its banks during floods. A levee in one location may just force the high water up or downstream and cause flooding there. The New Madrid Overflow in the image above was created with the recognition that the Mississippi River sometimes simply cannot be contained by levees and must be allowed to flood. Not all the consequences of flooding are negative. Rivers deposit new nutrient-rich sediments when they flood and so floodplains have traditionally been good for farming. Flooding as a source of nutrients was important to Egyptians along the Nile River until the Aswan Dam was built in the 1960s. Although the dam protects crops and settlements from the annual floods, farmers must now use fertilizers to feed their crops.

Floods are also responsible for moving large amounts of sediments about within streams. These sediments provide habitats for animals, and the periodic movement of sediment is crucial to the lives of several types of organisms. Plants and fish along the Colorado River, for example, depend on seasonal flooding to rearrange sand bars.

For more information about floods please visit: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/geophysical/chapter/floods/

Tropical Storm Dorian

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Dorian was barreling toward the Caribbean Monday morning. It could hit Barbados Tuesday and Puerto Rico by late Wednesday.

Forecasters said the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season strengthened overnight as it moves toward the Lesser Antilles. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Dorian could intensify to near hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday.

As of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Dorian's center was located about 205 miles east-southeast of Barbados and 315 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia and was moving west at about 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds remained at 60 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center of the storm.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch was issued for Dominica, Martinique, Grenada, and its dependencies.

Forecasters said Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Hispaniola should monitor Dorian's progress.

Several inches of rain are expected in affected areas.

They said Dorian could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it's over the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

The National Weather Service office in Tampa Bay tweeted Sunday it's "too early to speculate" if Dorian will impact Florida.

Storm Essentials:

Emergency kit: essential items, all times
Having an Emergency Kit is an important step to prepare for, survive and cope with emergencies.

Know: All householders need to know where your Emergency Kit is kept.

Check: and update the contents of your kit regularly, to ensure everything is in working order and has not expired.

Discuss: your Emergency Kit with all householders and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

On this page is a list of items which should be in your kit at all times.

There is also a list of extra items which if you do not keep at all times you should add to your kit (PDF, 950KB) during storm or cyclone season.

Food and water
Range of non—perishable food items
Bottled water
Medical and sanitation
First Aid Kit and manual
Essential medications, prescriptions, and dosage
Toilet paper
Toothbrush/toothpaste
Soap/shampoo
Personal hygiene items
Light
Flashlight/torch with extra batteries
Battery-powered lantern
Communications
Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
Traditional wired telephone
Prepaid wired telephone
Prepaid phone cards and coins for phone calls
Clothing and footwear
Warm jumper, waterproof jacket, hat and gloves for everyone
Closed-toed shoes or boots for everyone
Tools and supplies
Whistle, utility knife, duct/masking tape
Plastic garbage bags, ties
Safety glasses and sunglasses.
Miscellaneous
Special items for infants (nappies, formula, etc)
Special items needed by the elderly or people with special needs
Spare house and car keys
Pet food, water, and other animal needs
Diabetes emergency plan (PDF, 406KB)
Important documents
Keep original or certified copies of these documents in your Emergency Kit (PDF, 950KB).

Scan copies of them and save the files on a USB memory stick or CD to include in your kit. Keep all these items in sealed plastic bags.

Insurance papers for your house and contents, cars and for valuable items
Inventory of valuable household goods
Wills and life insurance documents
House deeds/mortgage documents
Birth and marriage certificates
Passports/visa details
Stocks and bonds
Medicare, pension cards, immunization records
Bank account and credit card details
A back—up copy of important computer files
Household Emergency Plan with emergency contact numbers

Fire Alarms at Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

fire alarm Make Sure Your Fire Alarms are Operating Properly.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

SAFETY TIPS

• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

• Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

• It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

• Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

• Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.

• Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.

• A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.

• People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.

• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Facts 

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level. Smoke alarms should be connected so when one sounds, they all sound. Most homes do not have this level of protection.
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Click here National Fire Protection Organization for more about fire safety education and tips.

What To Do When a Flood Happens

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

flood in town Flooded Roadway

Floods

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.

  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.

  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.

    • Evacuate if told to do so.

    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

    • Stay where you are.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Center for information.

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Plan. 

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

For more information please visit the link below. 

Floods | Ready.gov

Fire Safety

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Educate your children about fire safety.

According to an NFPA® report on youth and wildfire preparedness, only 21% of students interviewed in wildfire-prone regions have a family preparedness plan for when they are home alone. Even more amazing is that only 10% had evacuation bags prepared for themselves at home. However, 65% of these young people were aware that a fire could happen at any time and anywhere.

Discuss with your family what to do before and when a wildfire happens. Take a moment to discuss what the plan is when your young family members are home alone or if they are home, caring for younger children. Some ideas for developing your family plan include:

Connecting with a trusted neighbor close by who your children know who can evacuate them.
Or, setting up a schedule with other working parents in the neighborhood, so that one is always at home and can make sure the children are safe.
Packing a Go Bag with treasured items, water, food, prescriptions, etc. That they can grab and leave quickly with.
Practice together with their pets if time allows to be able to crate them and go.
Have a designated contact, such as an out of town family member’s number programmed into their cell phone so that you can find each other quickly.
The most important thing that you can do as a family is to make sure your home and the landscape immediately surrounding your home is well maintained for wildfire safety. You want to make sure that those you care about are safe and secure. For more information about wildfire safety tips check out NFPA’s Firewise USA® webpage.

Please visit the link below for more information: https://community.nfpa.org

Summer Safety Tips

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Summer Fun!

Summer is right around the corner and so are all the leisurely activities that follow. Most of us will be taking camping trips and spending afternoons at the pool or grilling out. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the risks that come along with summer activities. The National Fire Protection Association provides many useful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe throughout the summer.

Campfire Safety

  • Permitted campfires need to be at least 25 feet away from any structure.
  • Never use gasoline, flammable liquids or combustible liquids on a flame.
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days. It is easier for open burning to spread out of control when it's windy and dry.
  • Watch children while the fire is burning. Never let children or pets play or stand too close to the fire
  • Always have a hose, a bucket of water, or a shovel & dirt/sand nearby to put out the campfire.

Grilling Safety

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep Children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from grills and in trays and below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Poolside/Water Safety

  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Keep electrical devices, appliances, equipment, and cords 6 feet away from water.
  • Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures such as a diving board.
  • If you think someone in the water is being shocked, turn off all power and call 911.

Commercial Services

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Services

Commercial Restoration and Mitigation Services

If you are a property manager, business owner or building engineer then you understand the importance of maintaining and taking care of a commercial property. Our SERVPRO Commercial Division is solely dedicated to providing quality service for commercial clients and their properties. Our Commercial Division understands the needs and complexities of commercial buildings. We provide Emergency Ready Plans for large scale buildings, to get you back in business as quickly as possible.

We have the resources and capabilities to provide commercial restoration and mitigation services for any size structure. Whether your business or commercial property faces a fire, water or mold loss, we can handle it. We also provide board up and bio-hazard clean up services.

SERVPRO Capabilities

  • We are an EPA & IICRC certified firm
  • Any size loss will be handled confidently by an IICRC professional trained in water, fire, smoke, and commercial loss
    • Golden Spike, Great Wolf Resorts, Ballard House, VA Medical Center, Aurora Firehouse 15, local municipalities, etc.
  • We have equipment resources to manage all of your needs
    • Including specialty drying equipment (injectidry, floor drying system, ETES, air scrubber, desiccant, etc.)
    • 16 production vehicles, including 2 trailers
    • Esporta Washing System
    • Ultrasonic Cleaning System
    • Document Drying
  • Production teams with 7 years of national catastrophic storm travel
    • Producing jobs in locations such as Illinois, Maryland, Arkansas, Idaho, Florida, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Ownership that places the highest importance on Customer Satisfaction
  • Our capabilities allow us to respond to your needs



SERVPRO’s Commercial Division is qualified to answer any of your restoration and mitigation questions. If you are concerned about your commercial property or if you have any questions about the services we provide, call our office and ask for our commercial division.

Document Restoration

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can even latch onto paper.

In the aftermath of disaster, some of your most valued contents—documents, photographs, and books—could be lost forever. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late.

Our Document Restoration Facility:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPAA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Our Technology

Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Types of content:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

Why Choose SERVPRO? 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will get the job done right. For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

Spring Tips

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning

With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects. Now that the threat of winter storms has passed, you can look for damage and make any needed repairs, as well as prep your home and garden for summer. We spoke with an expert to get helpful tips on what to watch for this season, from proper irrigation to mosquitoes and termites (oh my!).


1. Clean gutters and downspouts. After the last frost has passed, it’s important to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and repaired. ‘Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that can invite all kinds of critters into your attic space,’ says Victor Sedinger, certified home inspector and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting.

Having your gutters and downspouts cleaned early in the season can also help prevent damage from spring rains. ‘Gutters and downspouts should be clean and running free,’ Sedinger says. ‘If your downspouts are installed properly, water is diverted away from the house so that no water collects around your foundation.’

Contemporary Landscape by B. Jane Gardens
2. Reseal exterior woodwork. Wood decks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas and other outdoor structures will last longer and stay in better condition if they’re stained or resealed every year or two. Take this opportunity to make any needed repairs to woodwork as well.

3. Check for signs of termites. Beginning in March and going through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects. ‘Termites swarm in the spring,’ Sedinger says. ‘If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites. Call a licensed professional pest control company. You’ll save money and trouble in the long run.’


4. Inspect roof. Winter storms can take quite a toll on the roof. When spring arrives, start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. ‘It doesn’t require a ladder, and you certainly don’t have to get on a roof to look,’ Sedinger says. ‘Use binoculars or a camera or smartphone with a telephoto feature if you need to.’ Look for missing shingles, metal pipes that are damaged or missing or anything that simply doesn’t look right. If you notice anything that needs closer inspection or repair, call a roofer.

5. Paint exterior. If you’re planning to repaint your home’s exterior this year, spring is a good time to set it up. Want to paint but can’t decide on a color? Explore your town and snap pictures of house colors you like, browse photos on Houzz or work with a color consultant to get that just-right hue.


6. Inspect driveways and paths. Freezing and thawing is rough on concrete, asphalt and other hardscaping materials. Take a walk around your property to look for damage to walkways, paths and driveways, and schedule repairs as needed. Asphalt can often be patched, but damaged concrete may need to be replaced entirely.


7. Check sprinkler and irrigation systems. Checking your sprinklers or irrigation systems in the spring can save water – and save your plants. Sedinger shares these tips for checking your watering system:

Run the system through all the zones manually and walk the property.
Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged.
Adjust any heads that are spraying the house, especially windows, as this can cause moisture problems.
Adjust heads that are spraying the street, sidewalk or porches to avoid wasting water.
If you don’t know how to maintain your sprinkler system, call a professional to do it. You’ll save money on your water bill and protect one of our most valuable natural resources.
Traditional Landscape by Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates
8. Prevent mosquitoes. In recent years, we’ve become more aware of the potential danger mosquitoes can pose to our health. ‘West Nile virus and Zika virus are just the latest diseases caused by these winged pests,’ Sedinger says. The best way to prevent mosquitoes around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water. ‘Walk around your property [and peek at your neighbors]. If you see anything or any area where water stands, fix it, tip it, get rid of it or maintain it regularly,’ Sedinger says.


9. Check screen doors and windows. Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out – but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find screen repair kits at most hardware and home improvement stores.


10. Schedule air-conditioning service. ‘Home inspectors see a lot of air-conditioning systems that are just not taken care of,’ Sedinger says. ‘Just because it gets cool doesn’t mean it’s working efficiently.’ To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters at least once each season, and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/smart-homeowner/your-spring-home-maintenance-checklist/

Commercial Property Insurance

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Denver

Commercial property insurance covers businesses for losses due to certain covered events, such as fire, theft, vandalism, or natural disaster. This coverage helps business owners protect their valuable assets, such as an owned or leased building, tools, equipment, machinery, or inventory. Commercial property insurance rates typically average $500 to $1,000 per year.

Commercial Property Insurance Rates

The cost of business property insurance varies depending on the value of the property to be insured, the location of the business, and the coverage limits and deductible you choose. There are several other factors affecting the cost of commercial property insurance, but most small businesses will pay $500 to $1,000 per year in premium.

Some insurance providers will allow you to include commercial property insurance in a business owners policy (BOP), which is a bundled package of multiple insurance types. The cost of the package as a whole is often less than the underlying policies if purchased separately.

The most important factors that affect the cost of business property insurance include:

  • Geography: Everything from the land value of your business location to local crime rates can impact the annual cost of your premium.
  • Safety and Security: This expands on the geography and location aspect. Is your commercial property located in a high crime area? Are there hazardous materials stored in your building or nearby?
  • Size of Business Premises: A large commercial building will generally cost more to cover than a single unit office space.
  • Age of Building: Old buildings can be more susceptible to certain types of damage, so they may cost more to insure. For example, a fire caused by old electrical wiring could translate into costly repairs if the building needs to be rebuilt to code.
  • Type of Equipment: Heavy industrial equipment will cost more to insure than an at-home business’ sewing machine.
  • Age of Equipment: You may pay higher premiums if your equipment is hard to repair because of scarce parts or if it’s more likely to break down because of heavy use.

Insurance companies will charge more for greater risk exposures that require higher coverage limits. It’s important to remain aware of the risk exposures of your business and the assets that you need covered.

Use an Agent or Broker Who Understands Your Business

Commercial property insurance is a type of small business insurance and is not specific to any particular industry. Keep in mind that not every insurance company will have intimate knowledge of your business or the risk exposures that need protection. When shopping for a commercial property insurance policy, try to find an agent or broker who understands your business or industry type.

How Commercial Property Insurance Works

A commercial property insurance policy is non-industry specific, which means that the coverage is mostly standard across all business types. However, commercial property insurance is not a one-size-fits-all product. Policies will differ in a few key areas, such as the coverage limits, how assets are valued, and what’s covered and not covered in the policy.

What Commercial Property Insurance Covers

Your insurance policy will cover certain perils, which are causes of damage such as fire or theft. Coverages included in your policy are called inclusions, whereas perils not covered in your policy are called exclusions. It’s important to know what is covered in your policy and what is not covered.

Here are some of the primary items covered in a commercial property insurance policy due to loss from a covered peril:

  • The building, owned or leased
  • Business equipment loss
  • Damage or loss due to wind, hail, fire or theft
  • Accidental damage of property
  • Business Interruption (lost business income)
  • Electronic data
  • Interruption of computer operations
  • Valuable papers and records
  • Forgery or alteration
  • Accounts receivable

Of the covered items in a commercial property insurance policy, the most important items to cover are the building and the business’ assets contained within it. Business interruption, which covers a loss of income when your business is forced to suspend operations due to a covered event, is also necessary coverage in the property insurance policy.

For more information about Commercial Insurance visit Fit Small Business: Get Your Business Into Shape!

Does Your Insurance Cover Mold?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowners insurance covers mold damage if it was caused by a "covered peril." Otherwise, an insurance company will likely not cover mold damage. There are exceptions, which we will get into later in this article.

Home insurance policies usually don't cover mold that resulted from a preventable water leak, flooding, or high humidity.

Home insurance companies also typically don't pay for maintenance issues that insurers think a homeowner should have prevented. Insurers expect homeowners to proactively take care of those problems before they need to file an insurance claim.

Home insurance covers mold if a "covered peril" caused the mold. In that case, your home insurance policy will likely pay for repairs and clean-up.

Here are some of home insurance's covered perils:

  • Fire
  • Lightning
  • Vandalism or malicious mischief
  • Damage caused by vehicles
  • Theft
  • Falling objects
  • The weight of ice, snow, or sleet
  • Accidental discharge or overflow of water or steam from plumbing, heating, air conditioners, sprinkler systems, or household appliances
  • Frozen pipes

Let's take a look at some real-world examples. When home insurance will likely cover you:

  • An ice dam forms in a roof gutter during a rough winter and water backs up under your shingles. The water leaks into your attic, soaks your attic floor and insulation and creates mold.
  • A pipe bursts in your home and dumps gallons of water on the floor and saturates drywall while you're at work. Mold begins to form before you call.
  • A washer hose springs a leak and damages behind your washer. The washer hose isn't old, you stop the leak, and report the damage immediately, but not before mold forms.

These are "sudden and accidental" incidents. Insurance companies typically cover this type of damage. In fact, non-weather-related water damage is one of the most common home insurance claims and one of the most expensive.

When home insurance will likely NOT cover you:

Your basement pipes freeze and burst. You don't notice it for a few weeks. Now, you have a few inches of water on your floor and mold growing. 

Broken shingles on your 40-year-old roof allow water into the attic. Water saturates wood and insulation and leads to mold in the attic.

Mold forms in your shower. You don't think much about it until one day you notice that it's really unsightly and you're concerned about whether it's making your family sick.

In these cases, an insurer will likely not cover the damage. Why? An insurance company expects you to take care of your house. That means properly ventilating the bathroom, replacing an old roof, and checking your basement regularly.  An important reason to stay on top of home maintenance.

Also, the standard homeowners insurance policy does not cover water damage caused by a flood.  Thus if a flood causes water damage that leads to mold, the resulting mold issue would not be covered by your home policy. 

A separate flood policy, will cover mold and mildew, as long as it’s not caused by the homeowner’s failure to inspect and maintain the property after the flood.  That means, once you can get back into your home, you need to start trying to clean up and keep mold from growing or spreading. 

How do I know if my home insurance policy covers mold?

As mentioned earlier, home insurance companies usually don't cover mold damage unless it's directly related to a "covered peril." The good news -- there are exceptions.

Check your homeowners insurance policy to see if there is any language about mold claims. Some insurers offer limited coverage for mold claims. This may mean limiting how much the insurer will pay for a mold-related claim. Or an insurer may increase the cost of a home insurance policy if you have mold-related coverage.

If you don't have mold coverage, you can buy an endorsement to your insurance policy that adds mold coverage. An endorsement is when an insurance company adds additional coverage to a regular home insurance policy, for an additional fee.

Some home policies provide a limited amount of coverage for mold claims.  This can be by capping the amount the insurer will pay, for example at $5,000, or stating that the insurer will only pay for certain services, such as clean-up, and excluding others, such as testing and remediation.

Visit https://www.insurance.com/home-and-renters-insurance/home-insurance-basics/mold-coverage.html for more information.

Mold Testing

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Is that mold?

Mold Testing or Sampling

Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations.

Are there federal regulations or standards regarding mold testing?

Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set. Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (303) 576-6868
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Commercial Fires Prevention

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Leading Causes of Structure Fires

Commercial Fires Prevention

During the five-year period of 2007-2011, NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year which include general business offices, banks, veterinary clinics, research offices, engineering facilities, mailing firms and post offices. $112 million in property damages were reported.

When Are Commercial Fires Likely to Occur?

The chance of a commercial fire occurring during operating hours is extremely high. One-third of commercial office fires occur between business hours. The more populated a business is, the higher the chance of a fire occurring. Businesses occupying these commercial properties should inform their staff of fire dangers and how to prevent one.

Prevention Tips

  • Turn off Coffee Makers, toaster ovens and kitchen appliances
  • Have a designated staff member ensure kitchen appliances are turned off at the end of the day
  • Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet
  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance — it can easily overheat and start a fire.
  • Always plug small appliances directly into a wall outlet.
  • Unplug small appliances when you are not using them.
  • Don’t allow space heaters in an office setting.
  • Keep lamps, light fixtures and light bulbs away from anything that can burn.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.
  • Check electrical cords on appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged and loose electrical cords. Do not try to repair them
  • Do not overload wall outlets.
  • Insert plugs fully into sockets.
  • Never force a three prong cord into a two-slot outlet.
  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away.
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only.
  • Avoid putting cords where they can be damaged or pinched, like under a carpet or rug.
  • Do not overload power strips.
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection.

Information provided by FEMA and the National Fire Protection Association.

Wet Carpet

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Air Mover Drying Cut Drywall All wet material removed.

Have you had a toilet overflow, a pipe burst, a washer malfunction or walk into a basement completely flooded by rainwater? Water can seep into almost every material and cause irreversible damage. When water saturates your carpet or walls, you will need to make decisions and make them quickly! Do not waste time contemplating how to clean up the water, each hour counts when water is involved. The longer water sits in porous material, like carpet or drywall, the sooner bacteria and microbial growth begins to grow.

One of the prime locations for microbial growth to spread is in a humid room with sopping wet carpet and walls. What do you do? Grab a shop vac and suck it up? Grab a slew of towels and cover the floor while dancing on top of them, hoping they will absorb all of the water? Grab all the fans you own and try to set them in just the right places, hoping that everything will dry out in time? Go ahead and try those techniques, but you will have a huge and more costly headache to deal with in a month.

If you choose to call a restoration company, be sure to call one who has the certifications to back up their work.

SERVPROs all over the country are locally owned franchises, and the majority of them are run by the actual owner. At SERVPRO of Denver West,  our project managers, office staff, marketing team and even the owners are WRT IICRC certified. That means they know everything it takes to get water out of your home or business.

We are not magicians; we can not save all carpet and walls, but we can certainly extract the water from the affected areas and remove any wall that is not salvageable, ultimately leaving you a clean, bacteria-free slate to work with. We even have a construction division that can help you get your home back to pre loss condition. Do not waste time trying to clean up a disaster on your own or have the local neighborhood handyman clean it up. Call SERVPRO of Denver West and we will walk you through the process. You will be informed and updated of the restoration/mitigation process throughout the entire job so that nothing is questionable. We are your go-to! Give us a call even if you just have a question and we will be happy to help.

Wisconsin Freeze 2019

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

male employee cutting drywall Cleaning up after this Hotel flooded from a burst pipe.

During the 2019 Polar Vortex, Madison, Wisconsin experienced plummeting temperatures of minus 26 degrees. Residents prepared for the storm, bundled up and took cover indoors, but that wouldn't stop the freeze from reaching inside. As the temperatures dropped, pipes burst inside homes and businesses. Home and business owners were facing a world of headaches and in need of professional restoration/mitigation services. A number of local restoration companies jumped to the opportunity to provide service for their community, unfortunately, there were not enough resources to provide service for everyone at once.

Shortly after 5 o’clock on February 1st, the crews at SERVPRO of Denver West  received the notification that they would be traveling to Madison to provide restoration and mitigation services. The production crew packed their bags, filled the trailers with tools & specialty equipment and set out on the journey to Wisconsin.

A little tip from our SERVPRO Heroes

When a flood occurs, SERVPRO of Denver West professionals know that time is crucial. The longer floodwater sits and seeps into carpet, walls, and contents; the greater the chance is of mold forming and causing near to permanent structural damage. It is important to take action immediately after structure floods, if not you could be looking at a very costly restoration project.

  1. Remove water as soon as possible
  2. Dry out the wet areas using dehumidifiers and fans to move air around, discouraging the growth of mold.
  1. Freeze your assets or sensitive documents.

The Camp Fire Devastates Paradise

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

We Care.


SERVPRO of Aurora Cares

The Camp fire of Northern California was one of the most deadly wildfires since the 1918 Cloquet fire. Local restoration companies were swamped with fire restoration projects, and only able to schedule restoration appointments weeks out. The Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Aurora was invited to Paradise California in order to provide fire damage repair & restoration services for home and business owners. The Disaster Recovery Team eagerly accepted the invitation, prepared their vehicles and set out on the road to Paradise.

The residents of Paradise left a lasting impression on one of our Disaster Recovery Team representatives; Sarah C. shared her account of the time she spent in Paradise.

“I arrived in Paradise on December 16th, and the devastation was insurmountable! It was foggy and rainy that day with the eerie feeling of a town stuck in time from the evacuation over a month prior. Buildings and neighborhoods were completely burnt to the ground with only a few structures still standing, practically untouched from the flames. These would be the residents and business owners I would spend the rest of my time getting to know during my time in Paradise. Some folks lost their home and neighborhood, but their business was spared, or just the opposite, losing their business or place of employment and finding their house to be the only one standing. Getting to know the kind hearted people of this community was reassuring because I know they will bring it back to the beautiful town it once was. I was truly inspired by the stories and brave acts of the residents in Paradise who helped neighbors, animals, and strangers through this difficult time. I wish all the best to them in a time of stress, reflection, and rebuilding.”

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team send out their thoughts and prayers to the residents of Paradise. We know that the months to come may be difficult. Fire restoration, mitigation and rebuild is not always a quick and easy process, but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

“Our hearts go out to the residents of Paradise and those affected by the Campfire. Words cannot express what the residents of Paradise have experienced, and are still experiencing; we offer our deepest condolences.”

Boarding Up Broken Windows

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Broken Window

Fire Damage Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Vandalism Board-Up

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will act quickly to remove broken glass from inside & outside  your home or business and effectively board up all windows securing the inside of the building.

What About Other Types of Vandalism?

 In addition to boarding up, SERVPRO professionals can remove spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, they can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Their highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

What to Expect When SERVPRO Professionals Provide Board-Up for Your Home or Business  

  • Temporary secure enclosure  
  • Roofs will be temporarily secured with tarps
  • Fencing can be provided as an extra measure
  • All openings will be temporarily secured 

Call us at 303-576-6868 if you have any questions or concerns.

SERVPRO Offers Many Services

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster. Learn more about our commercial services:

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO of Aurora for these residential services:

Hire Professionals Who Understand

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Leaks Happen

Whenever you have a problem with your home, the first impulse is usually to tackle the problem yourself. Sometimes this can be the right choice, and the problem’s easy enough to solve on your own. Other times it’s much safer and smarter to call in the pros from the beginning.

Tracking down tricky leaks is one of those times. Sure, some leaks are easy to track down, but water has a way of traveling odd paths. So once finding a leak gets tough, then it’s time to call in some help. And here’s why:

They Know Where to Look

Water can travel strange paths before it finally comes out into your home, and you might be surprised how far it can come. That discolored spot on your basement ceiling could actually be caused by a leak in your roof, or your wall on the opposite side of the house.

Professionals have tracked down hundreds, even thousands of leaks over the years. That experience gives them a wide variety of usual suspects to check, and a good number of unusual ones, too.

They Know What to Look For

That slight, turquoise line along your copper pipe? That’s where water has run along the outside and caused the copper to oxidize. It’s a sure sign that a leak is sending water traveling on the wrong side of the pipes.

Pros know these and dozens of other signs. What looks like a bit of dirt to you might indicate a serious leak in your roof, foundation, or wall. Or it might just be some dirt. A professional will be able to know the difference for certain.

They’ve Got the Right Equipment

Most of us can only use our eyes or sense of touch to lead us to water, but not the professionals. They have a wide variety of specialized equipment that can sense moisture and humidity through walls or probe underground for water deposits using ground penetrating radar.

This equipment can be expensive to buy and tricky to use. They have years of experience using the equipment, and know how to put it to good use.

By using a professional in the first place, you remove that step from the process, saving you money and getting the leak repaired sooner.

Your Local SERVPRO Shares Tips

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Colorado Snow

When you live in Colorado, you can usually count on one thing - there will always be at least one blizzard during the winter season. Everyone knows the standard checklist when preparing for old man winter, including the dreaded run to a crowded grocery store to stock up on milk, bread and eggs. But here at SERVPRO we have a few tips for things you may have forgotten or not thought of: 

  • Keep all electronics you may need, including cell phones, tablets and entertainment for the kids fully charged when you know a storm is coming. This way if the power goes out, you still have a full 100% instead of starting at 25%.
  • Keep one or more portable battery packs fully charged for when the juice runs out on your electronics. If you are in a pinch and need to charge an electronic device, remember that most can be charged in an automobile - Just remember to start it and let it run while charging so you don't drain the battery in your automobile. 
  • Keep extra coolers and empty your ice maker into large storage bags for a few days before the storm. This way if you lose power you can keep your refrigerator or freezer items cold as long as possible. 
  • Keep books, playing cards and board games easily accessible in case boredom sets in. 
  • Make sure to check your supply of items such as pet food, formula and diapers for children, toiletries and medications. 

Stay safe and remember that we are always here to help!

SERVPRO Professionals Understand Holiday Disasters & Can Work With Your Insurance Provider

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

The Grinch

Behind their charming facades, our homes hide an inner holiday Grinch. Flickering candles? Fire hazard. Snow-dusted walkway? Think slip and fall. Pyramid of presents? Burglary bait.  Here's how homeowners insurance helps you recover financially.

House fires

From dehydrated Christmas trees to overworked outlets, the halls are decked with fire hazards this time of year. Candle fires, in particular, hit their annual peak on Christmas, New Year's Day and Christmas Eve, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Allstate's median home fire claim during the holiday season is about $70,000, says Glenn Shapiro, the company's chief claims officer.

Covered by: Within homeowners insurance, dwelling coverage pays for home repairs and personal property insurance covers belongings.

Wrap it up: Ask your insurer for help pinpointing your home's rebuilding cost. "It could be years since you bought the policy, and building costs may have increased," Shapiro says. If the reconstruction cost exceeds your dwelling insurance amount, boost your limits accordingly.

Stolen presents

Theft is a common source of holiday homeowners insurance claims, Shapiro says. In some cases, our own behavior fuels the problem. For instance, two in three people have gifts delivered despite not being home to receive them, according to a 2015 Allstate survey.

Covered by: Personal property insurance covers stolen items. This can include packages plucked from your stoop, says Chris Hackett, senior director of personal lines at trade group Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. To make a claim, you'll need to file a police report.

However, if only a couple of items go missing you might not benefit from a claim, Hackett cautions, because the payout could be less than your deductible.

Wrap it up: Consider lowering your personal property coverage deductible. Although your rates would increase, your insurance would stretch further if you need to make a claim.

Injured guests

Say you undercook dinner and send relatives to the hospital. Or maybe someone breaks a hip on your icy walkway. You could end up on the hook for medical costs when you host holiday get-togethers.

Covered by: The medical payments coverage within home insurance pays for injuries that guests sustain on your property. You also have liability insurance in case you're sued, Shapiro says.

Wrap it up: Insurance limits for medical payments are usually low when you buy your policy, Hackett says. A bare-minimum policy pays about $1,000 per person, making this good coverage to beef up before welcoming the holiday herd.

Water damage from frozen pipes

Leaving home can be as problematic as playing host. As an example, Shapiro points to insurance claims involving frozen pipes. If an unoccupied house gets too frosty, water freezes and expands inside the pipes, increasing chances of a burst.

Covered by: Water damage from burst pipes is covered by standard home insurance, Hackett says, including damage to your house and soaked belongings.

Wrap it up: Check the fine print in your policy regarding frozen pipes. You might need to take certain preventive action before vacations to make a claim, such as shutting off your water or leaving the heat on.

We Are The Professionals

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Use Bleach

We receive this question many times from concerned callers: "Can I just spray bleach on it?" 

Using bleach to take care of mold was once recommended by agencies such as OSHA and the EPA. However, they have since been revised after research revealed that the "do-all, be-all cure" for killing microbial growth, actually had the opposite effect. First, let us take a look at how mold forms to understand why using bleach is not effective. 

Mold needs water, food and typically a warm temperature to grow. This illustrates the first reason to call SERVPRO: If mold is growing, chances are that the materials are wet. There has likely been a water loss of some sort, and until it is properly dried, mold will continue to grow. 

The chlorine in bleach, due to its ionic composition, cannot penetrate porous surfaces. Porous surfaces include materials such as drywall, ceilings, wood, carpet and many others. Spraying bleach on the mold will only kill it on the surface. Many people do not know that mold actually has roots called hyphae. These roots will still remain in the porous material and eventually rise to the surface again. Remember that bleach contains both chlorine and water. The chlorine cannot make it below the surface - but the water can. Thus, you are actually replenishing the mold with one of the key things it needs to grow - water! Secondly, it will "bleach" the color, making it appear that the mold is gone. Again, this is only on the surface. 

At SERVPRO of Aurora we use specialized products, designed to travel deep into porous surfaces to remove mold at its roots. Sometimes we cannot remove the mold from the material and the material must be completely removed from the home for the safety of you and your family. Our technicians are trained to differentiate between what can be safely cleaned and what cannot. In addition, live mold releases spores into the air. The air in your home may need to be treated with specialty equipment to make sure that all spores are removed. 

What Should You Do When a Water Disaster Strikes?

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters Happen

It happens when you least expect it. You take the steps to the basement, and when your foot hits the floor, you step onto wet carpet. Yuck. You have no idea where the water is coming from, or how long it’s been there.

After the initial shock and confusion, you may find yourself asking, “What do I do now?”. The following steps can help you navigate the process of managing a water loss in a quick, effective manor, reducing the amount of damage to your home, and keeping overall cost to you as low as possible.

Stopping The Source

Stopping the flow of water is the first step to getting on the right track. Shutting off the water to the appliance or area that is leaking is important to being able to fix the leak. If you are able, shut the water off to this area, or to the whole house if you are unsure of where the water is coming from.

Once the leak is identified, or even if you are unsure of the cause, calling a Licensed Plumber to identify and fix the problem is highly advisable. This ensures that the leak is fixed correctly, and/or that the appliance in question is properly repaired or replaced.

Keeping Damages to a Minimum

Once any amount of water has leaked into your home, there will be damage. However, you can keep this damage to a minimum by calling SERVPRO as soon as possible. The sooner we arrive, the sooner we can begin to clean up and minimize the damage, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

Also, the less time the water spends saturating the materials in your home, the lower the likelihood is that your home will develop mold and microbial growth.

Sewage

Water leaking into your home is never desirable. Sewage leaking into your home can be considered a nightmare, especially when it affects a large area or multiple levels in your house. Exposed Sewage can create a risk of mold and microbial growth, as well as illness for those in the home. Prompt clean up and neutralization of contaminates is the first priority.

When sewage backs up through drains or toilets, the first thing to do is call a Licensed Plumber, or your city Water and Sewer Provider. Finding the source, and ensuring that there is not another sewage loss in your home is key to preventing multiple mitigations from being needed, and ultimately keeps the cost to you to a minimum.

Mitigation

Once SERVPRO is on site, an initial assessment will be made of the damages and projected time needed to dry the structure. Also, an assessment will be made of the materials affected, and it will be determined if those materials can be dried, or will need to be removed.

If your contents, such as furniture, boxes, clothing, and decorative items cannot remain in place while drying, SERVPRO provides moving and pack out services for on site or off site storage while mitigation is taking place.

The average mitigation takes about 3 days, but could take less or more time depending on the level of saturation and the scale of the loss.

SERVPRO Technicians and Crew Chiefs use a variety of equipment and tools to ensure proper drying, included but not limited to Dehumidifiers, Air Mover Fans, and Non-Invasive Moisture Monitors.

After Mitigation

Once ensuring that your home has met dry standard, SERVPRO Crew Chiefs and Technicians will remove all equipment and remove any items brought into your home. If materials have been removed, SERVPRO will be happy to refer you to a Contractor for rebuild services.

If no rebuild is needed, you should be able to return to normal life in a clean dry home.

 These steps can help guide you through the stressful time of water loss in your home.

Feel free to call SERVPRO at any times with questions about mitigation, water damage, or clean up services.

303-576-6868

Water damage is never pleasant, but with SERVPRO you can assure a professional and quality cleanup.

Commercial Restoration & Mitigation

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

We Provide Commercial Services

Commercial Restoration and Mitigation Services

If you are a property manager, business owner or building engineer then you understand the importance of maintaining and taking care of a commercial property. Our SERVPRO Commercial Division is solely dedicated to providing quality service for commercial clients and their properties. Our Commercial Division understands the needs and complexities of commercial buildings.We provide Emergency Ready Plans for large scale buildings, to get you back in business as quickly as possible.

We have the resources and capabilities to provide commercial restoration and mitigation services for any size structure. Whether your business or commercial property faces a fire, water or mold loss, we can handle it. We also provide board up and bio-hazard clean up services.

SERVPRO Capabilities

  • We are an EPA & IICRC certified firm
  • Any size loss will be handled confidently by an IICRC professional trained in water, fire, smoke, and commercial loss
    • Golden Spike, Great Wolf Resorts, Ballard House, VA Medical Center, Aurora Firehouse 15, local municipalities, etc.
  • We have equipment resources to manage all of your needs
    • Including specialty drying equipment (injectidry, floor drying system, ETES, air scrubber, desiccant, etc.)
    • 16 production vehicles, including 2 trailers
    • Esporta Washing System
    • Ultrasonic Cleaning System
    • Document Drying
  • Production teams with 7 years of national catastrophic storm travel
    • Producing jobs in locations such as Illinois, Maryland, Arkansas, Idaho, Florida, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.
  • Ownership that places the highest importance on Customer Satisfaction
  • Our capabilities allow us to respond to your needs



SERVPRO’s Commercial Division is qualified to answer any of your restoration and mitigation questions. If you are concerned about your commercial property or if you have any questions about the services we provide, call our office and ask for our commercial division.

Prevent a Deep Fried Turkey Fire

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flames from a fire  in a turkey fryer Prevent a Turkey Fire!

Tips to help prevent deep fried turkey accidents

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear protective eye wear to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  • Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  • Choose an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

After your turkey is prepared, remember these Thanksgiving food safety tips to help ensure your family has a safe, enjoyable holiday. 

If you do face a fire please call  SERVPRO of Denver West 303-576-6868

We are the professional  restoration company ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth or coffee filters over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Dropping Temperatures & Freezing Pipes

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Do Not Let Your Pipes Freeze!

Why Are Your Pipes Freezing?

Temperatures outside must drop to 20 degrees or lower in order for a pipe to freeze. Newly built homes in northern climates tend to be well insulated with water pipes located on the inner parts of the house for extra protection. Homes built in southern climates can face problematic hard freezes due to homes not being built to accommodate cold temperatures.

Which Pipes Are Vulnerable to Freezing?

  • Pipes located on the outer walls of the home
  • Pipes located in unheated garages, attics, crawl spaces and basements
  • Copper pipes
  • Galvanized pipes
  • Uninsulated pipes

So What if Your Pipes Freeze?

When temperatures drop, water freezes and expands causing pipes to burst.

A burst pipe can result in a water leak. Ruptured pipes and water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. The amount of damage depends on where the burst occurs, how long it takes to catch the problem, and how much water is leaking from the pipe.

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing.

  • Install Insulation.
  • Insulate pipes on the outside of your home .
  • When temperatures drop, open your faucets to a slow dribble.
  • Open cabinets for warm air to circulate through your home.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the night and day.
  • If you leave your home for extended periods of time leave your heat on at 55 degrees.

What Do You Do if Your Pipes Freeze?

  1. Turn off the main water valve.
  2. Call a professional plumber.
  3. Call an IICRC certified restoration & mitigation company.

SERVPRO's Water Restoration Process

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call us at 303-587-9458 if you have any questions or concerns.

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
  • Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage

Fall Maintenance Tips

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Be prepared for fall!

Preparing Your Home for Winter: 8 Fall Maintenance Hacks for Cold-Weather Comfort

We all look forward to fall’s festivities. But taking the time to prepare your home for winter (before it arrives) can help ensure you’re cozying up by the fireside — worry-free — once cold weather rolls around. Find out how with these 8 simple hacks.

Ahhh, fall is finally here!

The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp coolness in the air, and our favorite pumpkin-flavored treats line store shelves once more. Decorating and meal-prepping might be the first things on your mind when it comes to preparing your home for the colder months — but the National Weather Service is predicting strong winter storms that could affect homeowners across the country this year.

Here are 8 important fall maintenance tips that can make all the difference once winter’s first freeze hits.

1. Clear out your gutters

All those colorful leaves falling from the trees sure are pretty — but they also pile up pretty quickly in your home’s gutters.

Excess debris can lead to clogs (or ice dams in wintery conditions), which can prevent gutters from draining properly. In turn, there’s a chance water could seep into your home since it has nowhere else to escape to, causing a multitude of issues like damage to your valuables, mold growth, and even structural rot.

Before winter hits, clear your house’s gutters of leaves and any other debris that might’ve accumulated during the summer months. It also helps to run water through the gutters afterward to check for any leaks or misalignments that could damage your home.

2. Inspect for air leaks

Things like damaged weather stripping and small cracks in your home’s structure allow warm air to escape, causing your heater to go into overdrive to keep your place warm.

The solution to your chilly house and high utility bills is pretty simple: before it gets wintery outside, inspect your home’s windows, doorways, and any other places where air might be able to enter or exit.

You can use caulking to stop leaks in the stationary components of your home (like a crack in your doorframe) and weather stripping to insulate the moving components (like windows and doors).

3. Have your heating system checked

Home just doesn’t feel like home if a malfunctioning heater is leaving you with the chills. And in parts of the country with freezing temps, it can be a much more serious situation.

That’s why it’s wise to have a licensed contractor come out to inspect your heater at least once a year, especially before the weather outside becomes frightful.

4. Prepare your pipes

Get to know where the pipelines in your house are located and make sure to inspect them every autumn (at least).

Simply patch any small leaks with heat tape to help reduce weaknesses that might cause the pipe to burst in freezing weather. And you can further protect any exposed outdoor pipes by insulating them with foam or rubber pipe wraps, which can be found at your local hardware store.

For larger leaks or pipeline problems, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and call the pros.

5. Drain any outside faucets and irrigation systems 

Speaking of bursting pipes, it’s important to pay attention to the water systems immediately outside your place too. Undrained water in outdoor faucets and irrigation systems can expand when frozen and cause a pipe to burst.

Draining faucets is simple enough: just pack away your garden hoses in the garage for the winter and let out any remaining water — easy as that!

Irrigation systems, on the other hand, often vary in the way they should be maintained. It’s best to call a professional who has experience with underground water systems, just to cover all your bases.

6. Have your roof inspected

For your safety, a full-blown roof inspection should be done professionally. The cost to hire an inspector can be as low as a little over $200 and can prevent seriously hefty repair expenses down the line if a winter storm wreaks havoc on your roof and you don’t have sufficient insurance coverage to cover repair costs.

Reinforcing your roof now can help you avoid a whole host of hazards, like air and water leaks, water damage, mold, and more — all of which could put a damper on your seasonal festivities (and your wallet).

7. Restock cold-weather home essentials

Key items like rock salt or kitty litter, snow shovels, space heaters, extra batteries, and heated blankets can help make your home both more functional and comfortable during wintertime. Stock up on these helpful winter wares ahead of time to help avoid any extra hassle or stress come holiday season.

8. Take a peek at your homeowners insurance

Believe it or not, your homeowners policy could come to the rescue for a whole host of cold-weather mishaps.

Whether a hailstorm leaves holes in your roof, a vandal breaks into your home and destroys valuables while you’re out holiday shopping, or the weight of snow and ice results in structural damage to your house, homeowners insurance could help pay to repair or replace your losses.

Source: esurance blog

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Hurricane Florence

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Employees testing Hurricane damaged homes Disaster Recovery Team of SERVPRO of Denver West

Hurricane Florence 

Hurricane Florence made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in North and South Carolina. In addition to the 90 local Franchises in the Hurricane Florence affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been deployed to the affected areas bringing hundreds of crews from across the nation to help.

SERVPRO of Denver West

The Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Denver West has traveled to the Carolinas to provide restoration and mitigation services for homes and businesses affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

The Disaster Recovery team is IICRC WRT certified, and can handle any size job. Our team of dedicated professionals understand that time is crucial, and they will go to great lengths to get your home or business back up and running in a timely manner. 

Services Include: 

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Denver West for these residential services:

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster.

Learn more about our commercial services:

For more news on Hurricane Florence please visit: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/us/florence-wednesday-wxc/index.html

National Preparedness Month

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

September is National Preparedness Month 

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

SERVPRO offers a number of resources which help homeowners & business owners be prepared when a disaster happens.For more information please call us at 303-576-6868 ask for Danielle Neff. 

SERVPRO also offers an Emergency Ready Plan for commercial & residential apartments. 

Benefits of the Emergency Ready Plan?

  • Have a plan of action before an event occurs.
  • Identify and eliminate hazards and risks to help prevent potential disasters.
  • Identify major water, electrical and gas shut off locations.

https://www.ready.gov/september

Labor Day

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day in the United States is a Public Holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American Labor Movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movement grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. "Labor Day" was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

Canada's Labour Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers' Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labour Day.

To Learn more about Labor Day, please visit: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

Is a Mysterious Odor Coming From Your Fridge?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Stinky Fridge?

Step 1: Empty Fridge 
Even if you think you’ve identified the item causing the odor, you need to empty the entire contents of the refrigerator and freezer. If you have a second fridge, stash perishables there. If the odor is the result of a power outage, don’t take any chances by hanging onto food that may have spoiled. A refrigerator will keep food at safe temperatures for about 4 hours, if it’s left unopened, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services.

Step 2: Hand wash Bins and Shelves
Take out the shelves, bins, crisper drawers, ice trays, and any other loose components and wash them.

Step 3: Deodorize the Interior
Now you’re ready to wash the inside of the refrigerator.  Stay away from abrasive cleaners and pads, which can scratch the interior of the refrigerator.

Step 4: Air it Out
Here’s where the patience piece comes in. For best results, you need to unplug the refrigerator, leave the door open, and air it out for at least one day. 

Step 5: Clean the Evaporator
If there’s a lasting funk that just won’t go away, chances are the refrigerator smells have permeated the evaporator coil, which produces cold air for the fridge and freezer. The coil, along with the fan that distributes the air, are typically located on the back wall of the freezer.

For more tips please visit:

https://www.consumerreports.org/refrigerators/how-to-get-rid-of-funky-refrigerator-smells/

Hurricane Preparation Tips

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes

         Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes:

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

Prevent Water Damage Before it Happens

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Water Damage

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Advise from Farmers Insurance and SERVPRO Aurora

Emergency Ready Plan

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Servpro trucks outside the VA medical Center Disaster Prevention

What is Does Being Emergency Ready Mean?

            As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

Call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868 and we will help you be prepared for any size disaster.

The Emergency Ready Plan is at NO COST and SERVPRO DOES NOT REQUIRE A CONTRACT.

When Your Home Floods

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

What Will You Do After The Flood?

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

What Can You Do When Your Home Floods?

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

When Disaster Strikes Call SERVPRO!

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

Development Boom in Colorado

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Denver downtown Denver

Many projects currently underway are multifamily, meaning apartment or condo buildings, with nearly 10,000 new residential units in the downtown area, the report also says.

Some people say developers are overbuilding, creating too many apartments that contribute to worse traffic and overcrowding in the city.

Schippits said one way developers decide whether to build is by looking at the number of apartments compared to jobs available. CBRE is a Los Angeles-based commercial real estate services and investment firm.

Denver's job-per-apartment unit ratio is 5.9, meaning for every 5.9 jobs, there's one apartment unit.

"As a metro area... we're underperforming when it compares to our competitive set like Seattle or Austin," Schippits said. "If you peel the onion away any more...downtown is even further behind."

Downtown's ratio is at 6.6, above the national average of 6.1.

"What we're forecasting is with all the new apartments coming online, plus the jobs that are created downtown as predicted by Moody's [Analytics], our ratio will drop to 5.2," he said.

"So we're not overbuilding," Schippits said, adding that building more apartments is key to controlling for expense. "If we have more supply, there's less pressure on cost."

For More Information Please Visit: https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/development-boom-denver-construction-projects-rise-and-theres-more-to-come/73-565699898

When Mold Growth is Prevalent in Your Home

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Growth

MOLD REMEDIATION PROCESS

While it is important to know when to call in a professional mold remediation team, there are a couple things you can do yourself to get rid of mold if it’s in a small area:

  1. Locate the Mold: Remember that mold spreads, so be sure to check all rooms in your home including, especially dark and damp areas like the basement. Be sure to also check under the carpeting, flooring and behind wallpaper or drywall.
  2. Get Rid of Moldy Materials: Materials that cannot be cleaned and salvaged need to be disposed of. This includes wood, drywall, carpets or anything else that is growing mold. Use safety gear such as gloves, masks, and goggles before handling moldy items.

If the mold infestation is on a larger scale, a professional mold remediation team will likely do the following, in addition to getting rid of moldy items:

  1. Use Commercial Equipment to Dry Out the Affected Area: It’s important to get your home dried out your home as much as possible, since mold thrives in wet and humid environments. Professionals will use air movers, dehumidifiers and HEPA air scrubbers that work together to eliminate moisture and dry out the air and surfaces. They’ll also wear safety gear like gloves, a mask and eye goggles.
  2. Prepare the Room to Contain the Mold Problem: Mold spores can instantly become airborne. To avoid this, professionals will seal off the affected area before they get to work. They’ll use tape and plastic sheets to seal off doorways and vents.
  3. Establish Negative Air Pressure: Establishing negative airflow in the sealed room using an air mover ensures airflows in but not out. Once the area has been sealed using plastic sheets and tape, professionals can poke a small hole in the plastic and insert an air mover duct attachment through the hole and seal it with duct tape. This negative air pressure further prevents mold spores from escaping into the rest of your home.
  4. Use Fungicide on Remaining Materials: If there are any materials that can be salvaged and will remain in the room then it is important to thoroughly clean them. A fungicide product can ensure all the mold spores are removed and that there is no opportunity for a recurrent infestation. Any buildings materials that cannot be cleaned or removed such as porous surfaces should have a fungicide applied to them.
  5. Finish Repairing the Room: Once the moldy materials have been removed and the area has been thoroughly cleaned, any necessary repairs from the water can mold damage can be completed. This may include flooring, carpeting or drywall repairs.

Prepare Your Home or Business For a Wildfire

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

Prepare your home or business for a wildfire. If possible, use Class A roofing material. This includes tile, slate, or asphalt. You can also use Class B pressure-treated shingles or shakes. Make sure that you have smoke alarms near every bedroom or office and in each zone of your house or business. Test smoke alarms monthly and change their batteries annually. Also, consider installing fire sprinklers.  Outside your home, make sure you have enough garden hose available to reach any part of your property. Designate water sources and make sure that the fire department can access them if they need to. Water sources are areas such as swimming pools, ponds, lakes, wells and fire hydrants. Create an emergency escape plan. Speak to town officials to learn what the evacuation route is for your area. Discuss this evacuation route with everyone in your family and your employees. Ensure family members who live nearby know the route and have means of transportation. Also, stay informed by signing up for emergency text or alert messages from your town. Finally, don’t forget to create an emergency kit. 

During a Wildfire

Prepare to evacuate. Listen to emergency channels and know the status of the fire. Put emergency supplies and must-have items in the car so you can evacuate quickly. Evacuate immediately if told to do so. If you have time, there are steps you can take to help protect your property when you evacuate. These steps include:
 
  • Moving furniture to the center of rooms and taking down drapes and curtains to prevent combustion.
  • Closing all windows and doors to prevent drafts and reduce heat.
  • Shutting off natural gas from its source.
  • Turning on all lights in your property so that firefighters can more easily see it through smoke.
Evacuate Safely. Remain calm while evacuating. If you’re driving, roll up your windows and close the air vents. The smoke from the fire can get into your car, irritate your eyes and cause breathing problems. Also, turn your headlights on and keep your doors unlocked. In the event that something happens to you while driving, locked doors can slow your rescue. 

After a Wildfire

Return only when it is safe. Do not go back to your property until officials declare it safe to do so. Watch out for ash pits and hot spots. Even after a fire is extinguished, small fires can flare up without warning. Check your house and surrounding property for hot spots and extinguish them immediately. Also, be on the lookout for ash pits. These are holes filled with hot ashes left by burned trees. Mark ash pits to help prevent others from falling into them and injuring themselves. Document the damage. Take photos and video and make a written list documenting your damaged property. Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage. Wildfires are some of the most destructive forces of nature. There isn’t much that can be done to deter a wildfire’s path. Fortunately, there are ways to help mitigate property damage and keep your employees and loved ones safe. By following the information in this article, you can help increase your chances of prevailing through a wildfire.  Please visit the following website for further information: https://www.thehartford.com/claims/wildfire-safety 

Prepare Your Home or Business For a Wildfire

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your home or business for a wildfire. If possible, use Class A roofing material. This includes tile, slate, or asphalt. You can also use Class B pressure-treated shingles or shakes. Make sure that you have smoke alarms near every bedroom or office and in each zone of your house or business. Test smoke alarms monthly and change their batteries annually. Also, consider installing fire sprinklers.  Outside your home, make sure you have enough garden hose available to reach any part of your property. Designate water sources and make sure that the fire department can access them if they need to. Water sources are areas such as swimming pools, ponds, lakes, wells and fire hydrants. Create an emergency escape plan. Speak to town officials to learn what the evacuation route is for your area. Discuss this evacuation route with everyone in your family and your employees. Ensure family members who live nearby know the route and have means of transportation. Also, stay informed by signing up for emergency text or alert messages from your town. Finally, don’t forget to create an emergency kit. 

During a Wildfire

Prepare to evacuate. Listen to emergency channels and know the status of the fire. Put emergency supplies and must-have items in the car so you can evacuate quickly. Evacuate immediately if told to do so. If you have time, there are steps you can take to help protect your property when you evacuate. These steps include:
 

  • Moving furniture to the center of rooms and taking down drapes and curtains to prevent combustion.
  • Closing all windows and doors to prevent drafts and reduce heat.
  • Shutting off natural gas from its source.
  • Turning on all lights in your property so that firefighters can more easily see it through smoke.

Evacuate Safely. Remain calm while evacuating. If you’re driving, roll up your windows and close the air vents. The smoke from the fire can get into your car, irritate your eyes and cause breathing problems. Also, turn your headlights on and keep your doors unlocked. In the event that something happens to you while driving, locked doors can slow your rescue. 

After a Wildfire

Return only when it is safe. Do not go back to your property until officials declare it safe to do so. Watch out for ash pits and hot spots. Even after a fire is extinguished, small fires can flare up without warning. Check your house and surrounding property for hot spots and extinguish them immediately. Also, be on the lookout for ash pits. These are holes filled with hot ashes left by burned trees. Mark ash pits to help prevent others from falling into them and injuring themselves. Document the damage. Take photos and video and make a written list documenting your damaged property. Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage. Wildfires are some of the most destructive forces of nature. There isn’t much that can be done to deter a wildfire’s path. Fortunately, there are ways to help mitigate property damage and keep your employees and loved ones safe. By following the information in this article, you can help increase your chances of prevailing through a wildfire.

Please visit the following website for further information: https://www.thehartford.com/claims/wildfire-safety

Mitigation and Restoration

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Who Can Provide Mitigation & Reconstruction?

When your home or business suffers water damage it’s important to start the mitigation process as soon as possible. The longer moisture sits in walls and flooring, the more damage the structure of your home will suffer. It’s important to call your nearest mitigation specialist as time is crucial.

In most cases, water damage leads to mold growth. Do you know why? Moist and humid surfaces are the perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Time is of the essence in every water loss.

When the mitigation process is complete you are left with a partially constructed home or business. No worries! SERVPRO can provide mitigation reconstruction. Once all moisture is eliminated from the structure and the non-salvageable walls and flooring are removed, reconstruction can begin.

Rather than having multiple contractors in your home or business, have SERVPRO come in and make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Causes Mold Growth?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Removal

What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold Growth Conditions :

  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

Humidity Causes Mold

If you live where humidity in the air is naturally high, like near the coast or another large body of water, then mold growth in your home can also be a recurring problem.

When moisture inside your house evaporates into the air it increases the humidity indoors. If your home isn't well ventilated then the humidity will stay high for a long time.

HVAC systems can also create humidity problems while it artificially heats or cools the air.

Sometimes people use humidifiers in their homes. But there are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing. Be sure to keep the humidity below 55%.

High humidity feeds mold. High humidity can also causes puddles of water and damp materials in the home take longer to dry out. These wet surfaces can in turn create mold growth of their own.

Poor Ventilation Causes Mold

Poor ventilation can create pockets of stagnant moist air which mold thrives in. Steam and water evaporating into the air creates humidity inside which then needs to be circulated outdoors through windows to keep the moisture level balanced.

Poor ventilation also means wet surfaces dry out slowly. Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and the kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Mold Growth in Basements 

Basements often contain higher amounts of moisture or humidity than other rooms because they are usually not well ventilated. Basements are often colder which causes more condensation leading to damp and humid conditions

When water leaks in your home it will often end up running down to the basement. Not only is mold more likely to grow in basements, but because they are usually neglected mold growth may not be discovered until it is well set in.

If you have questions regarding mold please contact us at 303-576-6868.

The Storm of July 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Des Moines, Iowa

SERVPRO of Aurora traveled to Iowa, after it excessively rained, causing severe water damage to over 1,500 properties. Owner Nick and his dedicated Storm Team jumped on the opportunity to help the people of Des Moines. During a three week period the Storm Team provided restoration & mitigation services for over 40 properties. 

The Des Moines Register Update

More than 1,500 properties were reportedly affected by the weekend weather that dumped up to 9 inches of rain on central Iowa — a number authorities expect to increase.

Through Wednesday night, 15 properties in Des Moines have been categorized as majorly damaged and 350 received minor damage, Cody Christensen, permit and development administrator for Des Moines, told the Register Thursday.

Many homes and businesses had moderate damage, and others still need to be inspected.

Update: 29 homes suffered major damage, 520 with minor impacts

About 500 homes have been inspected for damage in Des Moines, Mayor Frank Cownie said Thursday, with another 500 inspection requests still needed to be finished.

He predicted tough times ahead for some homeowners if the federal government did not “see this as a national-level disaster.”

In the Fourmile Creek area alone, more than 230 single-family homes, 10 commercial buildings and six apartment buildings were damaged by flooding, Cownie has said.

For more about the flooding in Des Moines please visit the link below.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/07/05/des-moines-flooding-polk-county-dallas-jasper-clive-fourmile-fema-weather-saylorville-iowa-reynolds/759108002/

Giving Back to Educational Institutions

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO books stock photo We Support Educational Institutions

The owners of SERVPRO of Denver West wholeheartedly support educational institutions, and are dedicated to preserving the integrity of every educational institute.

Who are Nick and Travis?

The brothers grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating from the University of Iowa in 2011, Nick with a degree in accounting and Travis with a finance degree.

Nick worked in public accounting for 6 years until purchasing their first Colorado SERVPRO franchise in 2016.

Shortly after Nick moved to Colorado, Travis closed their consumer finance business and joined his brother in Colorado.

Keeping in mind their educational background contributed to the success of SERVPRO of Denver West. Nick and Travis wanted to show appreciation for education by sponsoring their hometown U of I Hawkeyes.

Concepts & Core Values 

  • The belief there is an educational foundation behind every successful business and establishment.
  • Supporting all employees in the pursuit of furthering their education.
  • Providing proper training and education for all employees.
  • An investment in knowledge is an investment in individual growth as well as business growth.

A little more about our U of I Alumni:

While working in public accounting Nick became a board member of Tree Des Moines, which is a community non-profit organization supporting a healthy and sustainable urban tree canopy for a viable and livable Des Moines Metro Area. He worked with children; educating and helping them better understand the biology behind different tree species and how they benefit the environment.

After graduating college Travis wasted no time opening a consumer finance business, managing and operating Osprey Capital SD LLC for 6 years. However, he wanted to make a change in people's lives,co-owning SERVPRO of Denver West gave him the opportunity to help people whose homes have been damaged by storm, water, fire or mold.

http://hawksontherocks.com/

The Esporta Wash System

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

side by side picture of dirty/clean pants Before and After

Contents

Fire and water cause enormous damage to countless homes every year. Beyond structural damage, they also impact contents causing contamination that can prove very difficult to restore.

Leave it to us!

We know all too well that many items are extremely difficult to clean, but that is why we are the professionals. SERVPRO has a specialty Wash System that can clean almost irreversible damage. 

About the Esporta Wash System

The Esporta washing technology is capable of cleaning category 1, 2, and 3 water, heavy smoke, and soot damage.

You can count on Esporta to predictably clean and restore soft contents. Even the toughest soot, water damage and bio contamination is no match for Esporta. Our wash system consistently delivers 90% of soft contents back to “food grade” clean. Customers are wowed by what we can restore! 

What is the Esporta capable of cleaning:

  • Bacteria
  • viruses
  • sewage
  • soot
  • grime
  • mold
  • biowaste
  • mildew

Soft contents that can be cleaned include:

  • Clothing
  • bedding
  • comforters
  • pillows
  • sleeping bags
  • linens
  • rugs
  • jackets
  • suedes
  • furs
  • linens
  • stuffed animals
  • shoes
  • hats
  • belts
  • purses 
  • Sports Equipment

More About Contents Restoration

SERVPRO professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Are You Prepared?

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Be Ready!

Emergency Ready?

          As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

        Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Homeowners, can you locate your water/gas shut off? 

Click here:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/7-things-every-homeowner-should-know-the-location-of/

What Should You Do After a Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Call The Professionals!

What to Expect After a Fire

Fire and smoke damage is destructive and finding a restoration/mitigation company can be daunting. When it comes to fire and smoke damage restoration, SERVPRO professionals are trained and follow an extensive and thorough restoration process in order to get your home or business back to normal.

Each fire/smoke damage case is unique and is treated as such by SERVPRO professionals. SERVPRO professionals will compose a detailed plan to rid your property of smoke and soot damage. Smoke odor latches onto and penetrates the surfaces of walls, ceilings, clothes, upholstered furniture, books, electronics and more. It is crucial that all affected contents and surfaces are properly sanitized by professionals. Oftentimes it can be difficult to determine the source of the smoke odor. Experienced professionals know where to look for smoke and soot damage and how to best approach the restoration process.

If smoke damage is not taken care of by a professional, your property and its inhabitants may face greater damage. Smoke and soot can destroy the integrity of your home or business, damaging the ventilation system, air ducts, insulation, wall studs and even the framing/structure.

Different Smoke Odors

Cleaning smoke and soot damage yourself or using a basic cleaning service runs the risk of recurring smoke odor which can cause respiratory problems. Smoke odor can be harmful depending on what type of material was burned. Smoke that comes from wood framing causes a “campfire” smell which lets off acetic acid, benzene, carbon monoxide (CO), formaldehyde, formic acid, heavy metals, nitrogen-oxides (NO2), phenols, sulfur dioxide (SO2).

Cooking fire smoke is very difficult to remove and has a lingering smell of burnt animal fat/protein. Grease splatter from a cooking fire requires specific cleaning techniques that only a professional can provide.

When plastic is burned, it releases dangerous chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, furans and heavy metals, as well as particulates and are known to cause respiratory ailments which are potentially carcinogenic.

Fireplace wood fires also emits hazardous emissions, such as particulates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and other emissions that can be dangerous for health.




Who Are The Professionals?

SERVPRO provides 24/7 Emergency response. After the initial emergency call a crew of certified SERVPRO professionals will promptly respond to your fire damage and arrive onsite prepared to assess, plan and arrange resources to restore your home or business back to what it once was.

What Will SERVPRO Do?

Board Up and Security

Fires can destroy doors, walls and windows, leaving your property vulnerable to additional loss from weather or theft. SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and capabilities to provide board up for your home or business. Your home or business may need additional security. SERVPRO can also provide fencing or even security to oversee your property.

Demolition

All damaged structural material is removed from the structure in order for the mitigation and restoration to take place. Demolition is a planned procedure, completed with the utmost care and strategy.

Cleanup

The local fire department will use fire retardants and water to extinguish the flames. SERVPRO will assess and examine the extent of damage to the structure, walls, ceilings, floors, ventilation/HVAC system and contents while composing a thorough plan for mitigation and restoration.

Contents

Clothes, upholstered furniture, books, electronics and more that are affected by smoke may be salvaged and sanitized. All affected items deemed salvageable are sanitized and deodorized using specialized solutions and equipment. Contents go through an extensive inventory process ensuring all items are accounted for and stored in a secure location.

Is Your Washing Machine Leaking?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let your washing machine cause water damage in your home.

  •  Replace water supply hoses – Water supply hoses can become brittle and burst. Check them periodically and replace your old hoses with a new hose that consist of flexible plastic tubing encased in a stainless steel braided exterior. Purchase an auto-shut off hose protector that protects against catastrophic water damage by automatically shutting off. If excess water flow is sensed the water supply to the washing machine will turn off.
  •  Get a washer floor tray – Replace or repair your leaking washing machine right away to protect against future leaks, slide a water catching tray under your washing machine to catch drips and leaks. It’s an inexpensive way to prevent water damage to your floor from a leaking washing machine.
  •  Purchase a single-lever shut off valve – Turn the water off after each load of wash. Replace your dual faucets with a single-lever which control both hot and cold water simultaneously.
  • Flood protection device – An automatic water leak detection device prevents flooding by immediately shutting off both the hot and cold water supply to the washing machine when sensors detect a water leak. These devices are quick and easy to install by homeowners and provide 24/7 protection against water damage caused by washing machine floods. Some flood protection devices sound an audible alarm.
  •  Automatic Washing Machine Water Shutoff Valve and Leak Sensor – The shut off valve protects against catastrophic water damage. It allows water to flow when it senses that the washing machine is turned on, and stops water from flowing if the machine is turned off. It also stops water from flowing if it senses excessive water flow or detects a leak.

Smoke Odor Damage

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

Areas of a Home Commonly Affected by Fire Damage

The level of damage varies depending on where a fire originated. An enclosed space typically will not have as much smoke damage as a large, open room with multiple appliances and a lot of wiring in the walls. Additionally, certain parts of a room may experience more damage than others.

Ceilings
 
Hot air rises, the highest concentration of smoke residue is commonly found directly above where a fire started - usually on the ceiling above the point of origin. Nail heads in the ceiling (and walls) can also attract smoke particles, which appear as an outline of a ring around them.

Corners
 
When smoke particles are ionized - or have an electrical charge - they are attracted to certain surfaces. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton. This causes smoke residue to form in clusters that look like cobwebs in the corners of rooms where walls and ceilings meet.

Walls & Windows 
 
Windows and exterior walls are normally cooler than the center of a room and because smoke  travels to areas with a lower temperature, it's common to find smoke residue on outside walls and in spaces behind drapes and blinds, even more so than surrounding surfaces.

If you notice a lingering smoke smell in your home or business call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

SERVPRO Tips

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Do You Have Moldy Books?

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Save your books from mold!

Every Colorado book lover knows that their collection in precious. Not everyone realizes that books are at risk of fungal growth, especially when they are packed or stored away to make more room in the home, or before moving house. Mold thrives in the dark, damp environments, and many storage spots such as attics or basements fit that description. The fungus also needs a natural material to use as a food source – and paper is an ideal snack. SERVPRO recommends taking simple steps to protect your library from mold damage when packing or storing it.

Most book lovers need to move or store their collection sometimes, and that is when books are most susceptible to mold damage. Thankfully, there are several easy things you can do to keep your library safe from fungal growth. 
 
Always store books in a cool, dry place. Books can survive mold-free for far longer in a dry place because the fungus requires moisture to grow. Check out your proposed storage location and if it is damp, consider choosing another place. You might also use dehumidifiers to lower humidity in the air. 
 
Clean your books before wrapping them. Books are easy to clean using a small firm-bristled brush, such as a paintbrush that you can purchase at any hardware store. Brush page edges and covers, and flick through the book to see if any individual pages need brushing. Do not use any damp cleaner or wipe with a damp cloth. SERVPRO can offer a freeze-drying and cleaning process in certain instances to remediate mold growth on pages or the pasted bindings.
 
Books that smell musty should be left to air dry for a while before being stored. 
 
Do not pack books too tightly. Storing them too close together might contribute to ideal mold-growing conditions. Pack your favorite tomes in a rigid box that is strong enough to protect them from dents, bumps and bent covers. Place all the books carefully in the box either flat atop one another or standing side by side. Do not leave so much room that they could fall or get dented, but do not pack them too close together either. Ensure that air circulates adequately to prevent moisture buildup. 
 
SERVPRO is on hand to help with any mold problems you have in your library. Our IICRC-certified technicians have the skill and equipment needed to remediate mold.

Do You Understand Mold Removal and Remediation ?

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Got Mold?

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. We understand mold and mold growth. 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  2. Mold Containment
  3. Air Filtration
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Have Questions? 

Contact us at 303-576-6868

Bed Bug Facts

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Bed Bug

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation 

  • Adult Bedbugs are the shape and size of an apple seed.
  • After feeding, bed bugs defecate brown stains on porous surfaces.
  • Bed bug bites may appear as red welts on the skin. 
  • Bed bug can be found on mattresses, box springs, headboards, footboards, bed frames and other furniture near a bed.

Facts

  • Bed bugs are easily transported into previously non-infested dwellings
  • Bed Bugs can be found in hotels, gyms, offices, schools and stores. 
  • Bed Bugs travel on bags, clothes and in vehicles.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.

If a room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs:

  • In the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains
  • In drawer joints
  • In electrical receptacles and appliances
  • Under loose wall paper and wall hangings
  • At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet
  • Even in the head of a screw
  • Since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug

Keeping a clean and uncluttered house can save you time and money by drastically decreasing your chance of bed bug infestation. 

History of SERVPRO

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO

History of SERVPRO

From a small beginning as a painting business in Sacramento, CA, in 1967, SERVPRO has become one of the most recognizable names in the restoration industry. Within two years, owners Ted and Doris Isaacson used their expertise in the cleaning and restoration to expand their business offerings. Soon afterwards, they began to offer franchises and grew steadily so that by 1979, SERVPRO had 175 locations.

SERVPRO grew exponentially after relocating its headquarters in 1988 to Gallatin, TN, about 30 miles outside of Nashville. The Isaacsons moved the company there so that its headquarters could be located within 600 miles of half of the population of the United States. Since that time, SERVPRO has nearly tripled its size with over 1,700 locally owned and operated franchises across the United States.

SERVPRO remains a family-owned company, with the Isaacson’s eldest child, Susan Steen, as the company’s chief executive officer. Steen is joined by family members Randall Isaacson and Rick Isaacson as president and executive vice president, respectively.

Staff & Training

As a national company, SERVPRO has resources at its disposal that smaller, local companies may not have. These resources include a national staff that can help local franchisees with support in various aspects of running a business, that include human resources personnel, business analyst, customer service representatives, Quickbooks specialists, national accounts coordinators, marketing data analysts, property claims adjusters and vendor coordinators.

Franchisees receive support and special training from the moment they become part of the company. The first step is a 15-day training program at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility in Tennessee. The basic course covers fire and water restoration, mold mitigation and carpet and upholstery cleaning. Franchise employees can also take the 15-day training course but also have a separate self-paced program for certification in fire and water restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning and crew training.

What’s more, SERVPRO provides its employees with plenty of ongoing training that includes web-based, self-paced e-learning modules that include video presentations and support materials. The company also offers credit and noncredit courses that cover the latest knowledge and techniques in emergency mitigation. Topics include water and fire damage restoration, restorative drying, mitigation awareness response and mold mitigation and restoration.

In addition, SERVPRO partners with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to provide year-round training classes that certifies employees to work in the restoration field. Courses for applied structural drying occur in the company’s purpose-built ASD training facility.

Protect Your Property from a Marijuana Grow

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

drywall with Holes for venting Damaged Property From Marijuana Grow

What Landlords and Property Managers Should Know

The number of houses and commercial buildings that are used for growing marijuana is increasing. As medical and recreational marijuana becomes legal in more states it also becomes legal to grow at home for certain people. Grow rooms are becoming more common & cause great damage and microbial growth if improperly built or operated.

How Can a Grow Operation Affect Your Property?

  • Mold growth from inadequate ventilation causing high levels of humidity
  • Incorrect wiring or overloaded circuits can result in a fire.
  • Poor quality electrical work may lower resale value.

Structural Damage

  • Holes for ventilation and electrical access
  • Wood rot
  • Rusted hollow columns
  • Damaged duct system from plant sap and high levels of humidity
  • Residual marijuana odor

Don’t Become The Victim

Should cannabis related issues arise after the lease has been signed and if there was no clause prohibiting it, you’ll need to rely on an anti-drug or crime policy that hopefully was included in the lease. A breach of the lease could be cause for eviction if the tenant doesn’t

comply after getting a written notice. If you did not include such a clause, it will be difficult to enforce your wishes during the term of the lease.

SERVPRO of Denver West

Call us at 303-576-6868

We provide results while minimizing the disruption to your business or home.

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Winter Storms Can Cause Damage to The Interior of Your Home

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture building up on a window during winter.

When the outside temperature drops we start to close up our homes. We close the windows and doors and even start installing different weatherproof products (insulation, weather stripping, spray foam, etc.). The problem often is that we are stagnating the interior and trapping moisture inside the house. This is especially the case if there are many occupants creating moisture by breathing, bathing, cooking and exercising. Also, we create stagnant odors and allow airborne particles to be locked in the house with us (germs, dust, mites, microbes, etc.).

The next thing that usually occurs is we activate the heating system to compensate for the falling outside temperatures. This has the tendency to dry the interior out, but in doing so can encourage expansion and contraction of interior materials and cause cracks in drywall, doors that don't fit, separating wood trim, heaved floors, and other problems. 

If you have a gas forced-air furnace, a benefit is that the furnace and its blower motor and filter help cleanse the interior environment. The concern is that you always need to maintain a balance where there is not too much nor too little moisture being added to the now locked-up house. Too much moisture can cause the formation of mildew and mold, cause the windows to steam up, cause doors to stick and just create a damp, humid environment.

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/life/2014/12/06/cold-temperatures-can-damage-home/19983299/

If your home is damaged from the winter weather call SERVPRO of Aurora at 720-837-7553

Statistics Restaurant Owners Should Know

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen

Cooking up Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety:

Statistics Restaurant Owners Should Know

During 2006-2010, an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments were reported to U.S. fire departments per year, with associated annual losses of:

  • Two civilian deaths
  • 115 civilian injuries
  • $246 million in property damage

In eating and drinking establishments, direct property damage per fire was 75% lower when a wet pipe sprinkler system was present, compared to fires with no automatic extinguishing equipment present.

Fires are less common during the overnight hours (from Midnight to 6 a.m.) but cause more property damage.

Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments by Major Cause (2006 - 2010)

Fires

  1. Cooking equipment 57%
  2. Heating equipment 10%
  3. Electrical/Lighting equipment 7%
  4. Smoking material 7%
  5. Intentional 5%

Property Damage

  1. Cooking equipment 40%
  2. Electrical/Lighting equipment 13%
  3. Intentional 10%
  4. Heating equipment 7%
  5. Smoking Material 5%

Total annual property damage for eating and drinking establishments = $246 million

http://blog.encorefireprotection.com/blog/commercial-kitchen-fire-safety-statistics-restaurant-owners-should-know

If your commercial kitchen is affected by a fire or in need of a deep clean call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Common Places Mold Can be Found

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

A Home Affected by Mold

1. Window Sills

We don’t often spend a lot of time examining our window sills, but they are a prime place for mold to start and spread. Window sills are frequently exposed to moisture from condensation, and they only get decent air flow during the summer months if the windows are open. The dirt that accumulates in the grooves of the sills supply valuable food to spores and they can grow quickly.

To prevent mold in your window sills, be sure to wipe down windows when you see a lot of condensation and clean out the window tracks periodically to remove the mold’s food source.

2. Refrigerator Drip Pans

The pans used to collect condensation for our refrigerators are rarely seen, so they are easy to forget about. There is not a lot of air circulation under the fridge in most homes, and what is out of sight usually is out of mind. Sometimes, food from spills collects in there as well. This creates a perfect breeding ground for mold spores.

Make a yearly appointment to clean out the drip pan using water and white vinegar. If you notice a lot of mold growth, increase the cleanings to twice per year. Also, use this vinegar and water solution on the flooring below the pan, just in case the mold wants to grow here as well.

3. Wallpaper

Unless you are removing paper from your walls, you are unlikely to know if mold spores are growing behind it. If the paper is older or has peeling edges, it’s possible mold has begun spreading where you can’t see. If you suspect you might have a mold problem, it’s best to just get the paper removed and replaced. If you know for a fact that there is a great deal of mold behind the paper, don’t remove it yourself. Instead, hire a trained professional to get rid of it and sterilize the area. Only a pro will know how to prevent huge amounts of spores from launching into the air when the paper is removed.

 

If you want to have decorative paper on your walls, treat the surface first with a mold-resistant primer. Use a high-quality paste to adhere the wallpaper, and be sure to remove all the air bubbles from behind it. Do not use wallpaper in moist areas such as bathrooms or basements.

4. Attic

If you have any sort of water leak in your room, chances are good that mold could be growing in your attic. The dust that accumulates in attics paired with little air flow makes a perfect environment for spores to thrive.

Check your attic periodically for mold, and make sure there are air vents to aid circulation to the area. If you have any roof leaks, get them repaired immediately. It is best to regularly have your roof inspected to catch any leaks before they cause a serious problem, and especially after a heavy rainstorm or other harsh weather.

5. Air Conditioners

Again, condensation is the culprit here. In addition, the air that AC units suck in from the outside contains dirt and pollen–attractive materials for mold. Machines that sit without use for long periods are likely to contain mold spores.

Prevent mold by running your air conditioner every day, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. When the unit is not in use, remove it and store it in a dry place, if possible. If you know your AC has mold, either remove it from the window or hire a professional to do so and have the interior carefully cleaned with a water-and-bleach solution. If your whole-house air conditioner has mold, it’s best to call in a professional to clean it.

6. Washing Machines

The popular new front-load washing machines may be great for high efficiency, but they are notorious for off odors as a result of mold growth. The gasket around the door is wet all the time when the washer is running and doesn’t get to dry out because the door is usually closed when the machine is not in use. This creates a perfect atmosphere for mold to grow.

You can either leave the door open after running a load to let the gasket dry, or you can wipe the gasket with a cloth when you are done washing. If mold already exists in the gasket, kill it with a bleach solution and monitor the area to make sure the mold does not return.

7. Chimneys

Depending how well a chimney is capped off, it might take in a good amount of water from rain and snow. Plus, it’s likely leaves and other organic materials are entering the space, and this all combines to create perfect conditions for mold to grow. The porous surfaces of bricks and mortar only add to the problem.

To prevent mold growth in your chimney, first make sure the top is covered appropriately. Then it’s best to call in a professional chimney cleaner to remove mold and keep your chimney puffing along at its best.

8. Carpets and Pads

Moisture from concrete floors or wet crawl spaces can easily make its way into your carpet pad and, eventually, the carpet. If you have pets who occasionally have accidents on the carpet, this can increase the potential for mold spores to grow there. If your carpet starts to smell odd or seems damp, unfortunately it might be too late–mold is probably already growing.

It seems the simplest way to prevent mold growth on carpet or padding–regardless of moisture level–is to keep the carpet clean. Dirt, as we’ve discovered, encourages mold growth. By vacuuming at least once per week and having your carpets cleaned periodically, you can easily prevent spores from blooming in your carpet.

Mold is present in most places, and sometimes it can make people sick. If you would like to keep your home a healthy space to inhabit, these places should be monitored for potential problems. Fortunately, solutions are simple to achieve with a little diligence and education on what to look for and how to respond.

https://learn.allergyandair.com/hidden-places-you-might-find-mold/

When a Fire Breaks Out!

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

House Fire A Home Affected by Fire
If a Fire Starts:
  • Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
  • Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.

If your clothes catch on fire:

  • Stop what you’re doing.
  • Drop to the ground and cover your face if you can.
  • Roll over and over or back and forth until the flames go out. Running will only make the fire burn faster.

 THEN:

Once the flames are out, cool the burned skin with water for three to five minutes. Call for medical attention.

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/if-a-fire-starts

If your home or business has been affected by fire call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868.

Water Damage After a Fire

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

How Can a Fire Cause Water Damage?

In some fires, damage from the actual flames ends up being the least of your concerns. Fires often trigger damage in a way homeowners do not expect: significant water damage. Whether during the efforts to put the fire out or leaks caused by the heat, fire can directly or indirectly cause your home to take on large amounts of water unexpectedly. If the fire started during a storm, rain or flood might also cause damage. Listed are some common ways we encounter water damage after a fire. 
 
Water damage can happen from fire hoses and extinguishers. Severe water damage can happen as a result of fire hoses. Care is not often taken when controlling the water flow, with as much being used as necessary to stop the flames.  Excess water is common after a fire, and perhaps more often than not you'll be dealing with this type of damage. Typically, a small isolated fire in a kitchen or room would not inflict such heavy secondary water damage.
 
Fire can melt and break metal faucets and plumbing due to its extreme temperature, causing profuse leaks and ruptures. Although these do not often release enormous amounts of water, they can cause considerable damage to floors and walls in their vicinity.

Steps to Clean Up after a Major Renovation

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Clean-up Steps

Usually, a post-construction clean up will include the following:

– sweep and vacuum all surfaces, including ceilings, walls
– sweep, mop, and disinfect floors
– vacuum all upholstery
– wipe down doors, knobs, baseboards, moldings, and hardware
– thorough wipe-down and sanitization of bathrooms and kitchens (including appliances, cabinets, and counters)
– dust, vacuum and wipe-down of all window interiors including sills and frames
– dust all ducts, grates, vents, blinds, ceiling fans, and lighting fixtures
– clean all hardware such as hinges and handles
– clean inside and outside of shelves and cabinets
– clean inside all closets
– removal of all remaining trash and debris (although your contractor should have removed most of this as part of the contract)

If you’re trying to decide whether to do it yourself or to outsource it to the experts, ask the following questions:

– Do you have the energy and time?
– How long will it take you?
– Do you have any money left in the renovation budget you could put toward the clean? (Or better yet, build it in now if you haven’t started!).

Different circumstances will determine who gets the job, but a thorough clean is crucial. All kinds of particles are released into the air during renovations, including various toxins, mold spores, silicates, and ultra fine dust that can damage your lungs. Freshly applied paints, lacquers, and primers also give off fumes. Given the possible dangers to your health, the hefty price tag for a proper clean may well be worth it!

Hardwood Floors: To Save Or Not To Save After a Flood?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

What Does Water Do to a Wooden Floor?

Wood is an organic material that can only resist the effects of water for a short time. That’s why expediency is key to preventing damage from occurring. But sometimes, things happen that you can’t plan for. For example, you’re away on vacation and while you’re lying on a beach soaking up the sun, a pipe breaks and floods your kitchen which then remains that way for several days. Now what?

Signs of Water Damage on Wood Floors

Depending on how long the floor was wet, damage can vary. Here are some signs of damage to look for:

1. Staining and/or discoloration

2. Cupping and buckling from absorbed moisture

3. Popping nails

4. Lifting of floorboards (especially at the ends)

5. Mold growth (can occur within 48 hours of flooding)

Considering that the normal moisture content in a typical hardwood floor is somewhere between 6 and 12 percent and a flooded hardwood floor can have a moisture content of up to 40 percent, damage can be severe. Much of it has to do with the amount of time that the floor is exposed to the water. More moisture will be retained if the floor is left to dry on its own.

Deciding Factors for Replacement or Repair

Determining whether a water-damaged wood floor can be repaired or must be torn up and replaced will depend on a number of factors such as:

1. the length of time the floor has been exposed to water

2. whether your floor is solid hardwood or engineered hardwood

3. the severity of the damage (Has the water penetrated into to the subfloor?)

4. the floor’s finish (It can be difficult to match certain stain colors when replacing isolated floorboards, especially if the stain has “mellowed” with time.)

If the damage is minor, the floor can sometimes be saved by replacing affected boards and then sanding and refinishing the whole floor. If the damage is severe or extensive causing significant expansion, the entire floor may need replacing — and sometimes even the sub-floor will have to be replaced.

Flooded basement in Aurora, CO

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

wet  basement contents Flooded basement in Aurora, CO

A pipe freeze cause this bathroom in Aurora ,CO  to flood and leak into their basement. Disaster's like this happen every day and reinforce the importance of preparing for winter weather. Many disaster's can be avoided by small steps of preparation. SERVPRO of Denver West saved the day by cleaning up after the leak and helping to prevent future ones at this home.

Start Your Year With a Digital Cleanse

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

1. Erase your Google search history

Google’s mission is to know everything, so few are surprised that the world’s most famous search engine keeps close records of your browsing history. This might seem harmless at first: Your computer remembers the websites you visit, so it’s easier to access them later on, right? What’s the big deal?

2. Erase your Facebook search history

Would you believe that Facebook keeps the same kind of records at Google? If anything, Facebook’s data is even more personal, such as clubs and pastimes, because of the tidbits we share with our social network.

Facebook also mines when you’ve looked up an ex or a neighbor. If someone accesses your account, even by accident, that information is fully available.

3. Use covert search engines

Google has hundreds of millions of users around the world, and the company’s name has become synonymous with “finding information.” But remember, you don’t have to use Google, and as handy as the service is, there are other ways to navigate around the web.

Great Meals for Slow Cooker Month

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

CROCK POT BEEF AND BROCCOLI

INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 lbs. sirloin steak or boneless beef chuck roast, sliced thin
  2. 1 cup beef broth
  3. 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  4. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  5. 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  6. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
  8. 4 Tablespoons water
  9. 1 (12 oz.) bag frozen broccoli florets

White rice, cooked

  1. In the insert of the crockpot, whisk together beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and garlic.
  2. Place slices of beef in the liquid and toss to coat. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 hours.
  3. When done, whisk together cornstarch and water in small bowl. Pour into crock pot and stir to mix well. Add the frozen broccoli over the beef and sauce. Gently stir to combine. Cover with lid and cook 30 minutes to cook broccoli and thicken sauce.
  4. Serve over warm white rice. Enjoy!

PORTOBELLA CHICKEN SLOW COOKER RECIPE

Ingredients

 1 Pint of Baby Bellas (or equivalent in sliced portabella mushrooms)1.5 - 2lbs Boneless Chicken Tenderloins or Sliced Chicken Breast1 Can of Cream of Chicken SoupSalt & Pepper to TasteInstructions

Place chicken in the bottom of slow cooker, evenly dump the mushrooms on top and then cover with the cream of chicken soup. Sprinkle desired about of salt and pepper on top. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Do a taste test to determine if your dish could use a little more salt & pepper. Enjoy!

SERVPRO of Denver West Heads North East

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green box trucks SERVPRO of Denver West Heads North East

The coldest and most widespread blast of arctic air so far this season will spread across the majority of the United States this week.

Frigid air from the depths of the Arctic will plunge into the United States as the jet stream (a fast-river of air along which storms travel) drops southward.

The coldest days of this week will yield highs and lows generally 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal from the Northwest to the Gulf and East coasts.

Departures from normal will even approach 30 degrees along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, including Billings, Montana, Casper, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado.

The arctic blast first chilled the Northwest at the start of this week, where pockets of snow and freezing conditions made some roads slippery.

The northern Rockies and northern Plains will face multiple days of highs in the single digits and teens. Subfreezing highs will then spread to the central Plains, Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

“Afternoon high temperatures in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis will be no better than freezing late in the week, while some places in the Dakotas may have a day or two where the temperature does not even get above zero,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

How to Prevent—or Handle—Frozen Water Pipes for Your Home

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

This flooded basement was caused by frozen pipes bursting

Winter might be harsh outdoors, but when frozen water pipes burst, the real emergency conditions are, ever so suddenly, indoors. Whether you’re thinking ahead to protect yourself from this bad scenario—or you’re thinking on your toes in an actual pipe-burst situation—you can use the following helpful tips to ensure that you act smart.

Prevention Tips:

1. Insulate your water pipes.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not expanding ice from within a pipe that makes it burst; it’s the remaining liquid water finding nowhere else to go but out. Wherever your pipes are warm to the touch, insulation is likely needed. Insulating your pipes not only serves as a preventative measure for pipe bursts, but also reduces the cost you pay for hot water. Ask a local hardware store for pipe insulation that you can install yourself—quickly and painlessly. You can also receive federal tax credits in the process.

2. Seal those seams.

To keep cold wind away from your pipes, seal cracks and holes in your walls with caulking. Simply walk along the walls of your house and feel for drafts. And for fainter drafts, light an incense stick. When the smoke is offset, there’s a draft.

3. Some doors are best left open.

Did you know? Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks or in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let warm air circulate around the pipes to prevent freezing.

4. Don’t hesitate to use your taps.

As long as water is running and pressure doesn’t build up, there’s a far lower risk of freeze and pipes bursting. Also, it’s okay to let faucets lightly drip where you believe there could be risk of cold pipes. The slight relief in pressure prevents potential buildup within your pipes.

5. Leaving for a trip? Don’t over-lower the heat.

While understandably it saves money to lower your thermostat when you’re away from home, it’s important to not be overzealous and allow your home to cool excessively in your absence. A home kept reasonably warm will ensure pipes share the same cozy condition.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Denver West?

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damages Affected Patio Wall

When your home is affected by fire, smoke or soot damage SERVPRO of Denver West can provide fire damage restoration services. Every loss is unique and needs to be treated as such. SERVPRO of Denver West strives to provide excellent service by employing skilled and experienced Crew Chiefs and Project Coordinators to ensure that each home suffering a loss is treated uniquely and professionally.

SERVPRO of Denver West was prepared to arrive equipped and ready to serve those affected by the Tubbs Fire in Northern California. Countless homes were significantly affected by smoke and soot damage as the fire had nearly reached the front lawn of homeowners and business owners properties. 

After providing fire restoration services for numerous homes in Northern California, SERVPRO of Denver West arrived back in Colorado to serve their community. On December 14th, SERVPRO of Denver West received a heart warming testimonial from a pleased customer from Northern California. 

"Your team did an outstanding job of removing the smoke damage from my apartment after the Northern California Fires. I commend Yovan Venegas and his team for their professionalism, expeditious service, thoroughness and kindness in making my home a welcome place to live again. Do know that I will recommend them to all people who need service due to fires, floods and other catastrophic events that happen to their homes and businesses. They are the BEST."

-Allison Lazarus

Fire at Fire Station 15!

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer parked outside fire house SERVPRO of Denver West at Fire Station 15.

SERVPRO of Denver West responded immediately to  the fire damage facing Fire Station 15. A fast response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

SERVPRO of Denver West was on site to asses the damage facing Fire Station 15 and to begin the restoration process. 

News Coverage

An Aurora fire station under construction and set to open in a few months burned Wednesday afternoon.

Aurora Fire Rescue firefighters, stationed in a model home in a nearby subdivision, responded to the fire in their soon-to-be new home just before 5 p.m. according to Denver 7 News.

The television station reported flames were shooting from the roof of the Aurora Fire Station No. 15 in the Murphy Creek neighborhood.

No one was inside and no injuries were reported, the television station reported.

News 9 reported the fire station had been under construction since the summer and was set to open in the first part of 2018. It was being built to keep up with growth in the region.

The fire was confined mostly to the attic area and the cause of the blaze is under investigation by Aurora fire authorities. It is not believed that construction equipment started the fire. 

http://www.firehouse.com/news/12384096/fire-station-under-construction-burns-in-aurora-co

SERVPRO of Denver West Dines With Firehouse 7

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Firefighters enjoying a meal Thanksgiving Dinner with Firehouse 7.

SERVPRO of Denver West wanted to show our local Firehouse appreciation for protecting and serving the community. SERVPRO of Denver West provided and dined with the firefighters of Firehouse 7.Many firefighters spend the holidays away from their families and loved ones so that they may serve the community. Emergencies don't stop for the holidays and firefighters know that best. Here at SERVPRO of Denver West we believe the men and women who dedicate so much time to keeping us safe deserve the utmost respect and recognition. 

SERVPRO of Denver West gave Firehouse 7 a letter of recognition. 

Dear Firefighters,

          We want to thank you for serving and protecting our community! Thank you for your selflessness during this holiday season, and spending your holidays saving lives and keeping families safe. Thank you for waking up at any hour of the night to save someone's home. Thank you for teaching and informing the community about fire prevention and safety. The Fire Department strengthens our community and we value every sacrifice you make in order to keep us all safe. 

For more about SERVPRO of Denver West, and the Aurora Community visit our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROAurora/ 

Avoid a House Fire When Frying a Turkey!

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Turkey Grease Fire

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns about the dangers that come with gas-fueled turkey fryers, such as burns from hot oil or fire damage. On average, there are three times more turkey fryer claims during the holiday season than any other time of the year. The median cost for turkey fryer-related claims is almost $29,000. Follow this expert advice to know about common hazards of turkey fryers, how to prevent any injuries or damage, manage the risk, and decide if frying a turkey is even worth the risk.

Do's

Keep a fire extinguisher nearby

 Never use water on a grease fire. It will only spread the fire--and fast! Make sure to have an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby, and confirm that it hasn’t yet expired or is up-to-date on any necessary inspections. There’s nothing worse than trying to use a defunct fire extinguisher. Using an extinguisher will allow you to be far enough away while fighting any fires.

Beware of precipitation

 Falling rain and snow can lead to splattering of exposed oil or steam burns from contact with the hot cooker. Just as pouring hot water on a frozen windshield will crack it, having cold liquid hit hot oil will make it splatter or create unexpected steam that can burn.

Keep the fryer on a level surface

 Avoid accidental tipping and spills (which can lead to fire) by operating your turkey fryer on a solid, level surface at all times. These fryers are often tall and top-heavy, so ensure proper stabilization for the fryer on a level surface.

Keep children away

 Never ever let a pet or a child near the fryer. In this case, curiosity can kill. Protect small children and pets by keeping them away from the turkey fryer before, during, and after the turkey is getting fried. Even after cooking, the oil will be boiling hot and the fryer will still be subject to tipping over.

Test the process

 Before Thanksgiving or any other time you may want to fry a large bird, test out the process, and follow all this advice accordingly. When the cook is in a rush and trying something new and dangerous, corners are often cut, necessary precautions are not taken, and accidents happen. Test out the turkey fryer with another bird in order to understand the process and learn how to manage the risks days before everyone is hungry for the Thanksgiving meal.

Don'ts

Don't use a turkey fryer indoors

 Always use a turkey fryer outdoors, away from buildings, decks and anything else that can catch fire. Never use the turkey fryer in the garage either. Spilt oil can easily lead to unmanageable flames, putting your home, family, and friends in serious risk.

Do not leave a turkey fryer unattended

 Frying a turkey is at least a two-man operation. If something does go wrong, you’ll be grateful for that extra person to go and call for assistance. It’s also important that someone is watching the fryer for the duration of the cooking process, and the hot oil is dealt with after the cooking process is complete.

Do not forget to thaw the turkey first

 Never put a partially frozen turkey into hot oil, as ice and water can cause the oil to spill over and catch fire.

Do not use low quality cooking oil

 Because of the high temperatures of the cooking oil, you should use high quality oil that has a high smoke point, such as peanut or safflower oil. Anything less than that may cause severe smoke--not only ruining your turkey--but creating panic, and potentially leading to accident or injury.

Do not have inadequate home insurance coverage

 Aside from having to cook outdoors, you may really want to be as close to the house as you think is safely possible. Make sure that in the event of fire or smoke damage caused by using a turkey fryer, that your home insurance policy will cover the damage in the event of a claim. Making a claim can increase your monthly premiums--especially if the cause of the damage is seen as negligence with a turkey fryer. However, having adequate home insurance doesn’t excuse using a turkey fryer in any other way other than what is recommended.

For more helpful tips please visit:

https://expertbeacon.com

 

Ron Burgundy wants to know about SERVPRO of Denver West

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO interviewing a man in a red suit "I don't know how to put this, but we are kind of a big deal!."

Marketing Representative, David Gardner gets the scoop on the latest Mold remediation jobs here at SERVPRO of Denver West.  

David Starring as Ron Burgundy

Ron: Good morning SERVPRO of Denver West Crew, what is the forecast looking like for Mold here in Aurora?

Crew: There is a home in desperate need of Mold Remediation, and we have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation. 

Ron: Are there any tips you can give the residents of Aurora to stay safe in homes affected by mold?

Crew: Absolutely

  1. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  2. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or HVAC systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  3. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  4. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  5. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  6. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Ron: That will end our segment, You Stay Classy Aurora, Colorado. 

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage.

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Aurora commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When a Storm hits Aurora, Call SERVPRO!

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit ,we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Do you need Emergency Water Damage Service?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Aurora is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (303) 576-6868

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Aurora has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Aurora

SERVPRO of Aurora specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Is Mold lurking in your Aurora Home?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold 

Do you have questions about Smoke and Soot Cleanup?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Aurora will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (303) 576-6868

Mold Growth on Drywall and Carpet.

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold On Your Wall!

Mold can grow just about anywhere, but drywall is especially susceptible to mold growth. Humidity and moisture in a building can aid in the growth of mold. Drywall that is contaminated by mold must be cut out, removed and replaced by new drywall. 

Mold Underneath Your Carpet!

Mold can be found underneath permanent carpeting. Carpet absorbs liquid and traps it underneath the service creating a breeding ground for mold. Carpet traps dirt and dust particles which are a food source for mold. Once mold finds a home underneath your carpet it is impossible to remove it completely. Be sure to react quickly to liquids that spill on your carpet.

SERVPRO of Denver West provides mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Denver West: 303-877-9054

Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Home!

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

https://https://www.SERVPRO.com/mold-remediation/mold-remediation

What you can do to prevent mold growth?

  • Ventilate bathrooms, laundry rooms and cooking areas
  • Do not install carpet in bathrooms, laundry rooms, cooking areas and basements.
  • Control humidity in your home with an air conditioner or humidifier
  • Use mold killing products in your bathroom and kitchen
  • Don't allow spills on carpet to remain wet
  • Fix leaks from walls, plumbing or ceilings promptly
  • Add mold inhibitors to wall paint

Mold growth can affect your health and your home's property value. Make sure to prevent mold growth in your home.

If you have a mold problem contact SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage at an Aurora home.

https://www.SERVPRO.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Understanding How A Fire Can Start

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Three Components That Fires Need To Exist

  1. Heat
  2. Oxygen 
  3. Fuel

With these three components a fire cant ignite.

Causes of House Fires 

  • Most fires start in the kitchen from overheated grease and unattended cooking
  • Overheated equipment 
  • Arson
  • Candles caused approximately 9,300 home fires between 2009 and 2013  

Fire Safety

Fires can start suddenly and spread quickly, damaging your home and furniture and putting lives in danger. They are caused in a variety of ways, but there are a few simple hints you can follow to prevent them starting.

  • Keep all fires and heaters well guarded, especially open fires. For fitted or portable heaters with a built in guard, give extra protection by adding a surrounding guard particularly if you have young children or older people in the home. For children, use a nursery guard with side clips that fit into fixed wall brackets
  • Keep portable heaters and candles away from furniture and curtains. Position safely where they cannot be knocked over
  • Don't dry or air clothes over or near the fire, or the cooker
  • Do not smoke in bed
  • Many fires start in the kitchen, especially fat fires. Never leave a pan unattended when deep fat frying and watch for overheating. For safer frying use oven chips or a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer
  • If there are children around, keep matches and lighters well out of reach
  • Fit approved smoke detectors on each floor. Choose a smoke alarm that is mains operated or one with a long life (ten year) battery
  • Plan your escape route. Remember Get out, stay out and call the fire brigade out!

https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/general/preventing-accidents-in-the-home/

Commercial Flood Questions

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What are the real risks to my business?

Floods often strike without warning - destroying buildings, equipment, and inventory. If that doesn't sound serious, you should know:

  • Most business policies do not cover flooding.
  • One in four businesses that shut down from a natural disaster never reopen.
  • Ninety percent of all natural disasters involve flooding.
  • The most common form of federal disaster assistance is an interest-bearing loan.

How much coverage can I get?

Whether your business is large or small…whether you own or lease facilities…commercial flood insurance offers protection for your business - inside and out.

Commercial Contents Coverage:
Covers inventory, merchandise, machinery, and other contents up to $500,000

Commercial Building Coverage:
Covers buildings up to $500,000. Even if you don't own the building, you can insure the value of improvements you've made.

What if I need more coverage?

An Excess Flood policy from Bankers can increase the coverage limits of your business flood policy by:

  • an additional $500,000 for building coverage
  • an additional $100,000 for contents coverage

Learn more in Bankers Excess Flood section.

Who gets government aid?

Government aid is available only if the President makes an official disaster declaration (less than half of all flooding qualifies). Most often, federal disaster aid comes in the form of an interest-bearing loan. When grants are awarded, the average amount is less than $2,500. Less than half of flooding events are declared disasters, and insurance is often the sole source of assistance for victims.

Is flooding really a serious problem?

The odds may seem like a million to one you'll ever experience serious flooding. But it happens more than you'd think. In fact, 90% of all presidentially-declared disasters involve flooding.

Even minor flooding can mean major financial difficulties. Imagine just a few inches of floodwater invading your home. That's more than enough to destroy floors, damage walls, and ruin appliances - costing you thousands (more on that later).

What flood zone am I in?

Below are three major categories of flood zones. To get the specifics on what flood zone you live in, find an agent or contact us.

A Zones are usually located near a river, lake or stream - making them the second highest risk zone. Average premium is around $557 annually.

V Zones are usually located near the ocean. This makes them particularly vulnerable to storm surges (flooding caused by hurricanes). V Zones represent the areas at highest risk, and premiums in this zone are the most expensive. Average premium is around $1,000 annually.

B, C, X, and A99 Zones are less prone to flooding. Depending on your area, you may qualify for a Preferred Risk Policy and pay as little as $119 per year. Remember that almost 25% of all flood claims come from these "low-risk" zones.

Is there a waiting period for business policies?

Yes. There's a mandatory 30-day waiting period on new flood policies, so time is of the essence.

Do I need a Business Continuity Plan in case disaster strikes?

Most definitely. That's why we've put a plan together for you. From pre-storm preparation…to claim information…to tips on cleanup…we'll walk you through the steps that lead to the least inconvenience and the fastest recovery.

https://bankersinsurance.com/faq/commercial-flood-questions/

Commercial Fires

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The definition of commercial property is any building used to generate profit; however this can be expanded to cover other types of non-residential properties. Commercial properties include:

  •  Office Buildings – including serviced offices.
  •  Industrial Buildings – warehouses, distribution centers and garages.
  •  Retail/Restaurants –  includes shopping centers, leisure facilities and pubs.
  •  Other non-residential properties such as entertainment venues, hotels, nursing homes, medical and self-storage complexes, as well as many more

Legal requirements for commercial fire alarm systems

As you can imagine, there is a lot more legislation concerning the installation, placement, testing and maintenance to regulate fire alarms in commercial premises than in residential buildings. British Standards provide guidelines that should be complied with and failure to do so is seen as a breach of a responsibility towards safety and can be punishable by law.

Fire alarms systems play such a key safety role in commercial buildings and there are a lot of lives potentially at steak. If the fire alarm systems are not sufficient then harsh penalties can be given, including hefty fines and in the case of extreme negligence, this can even result in imprisonment if lives are lost as a result of an ineffective approach to fire safety.

In addition if a fire does occur in commercial premises insurance policies may be voided if it can be proved that the fire alarm and smoke detectors were ineffective.

For more information visit 

http://www.eurofireprotection.com/blog/differences-between-commercial-and-residential-fire-alarms/

Mold After A Storm

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Mold and Cleanup

  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, counter tops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

Call SERVPRO of Denver West at 303-576-6868

We have a dedicated team of Technicians who are ready to provide quality restoration services!

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Denver West Professionals can inspect and assess your property. 

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/pdfs/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide.pdf

Hurricane Harvey

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Employees drying a flooded home SERVPRO of Denver West in Houston Texas providing restoration services.

The Storm Team from SERVPRO of Denver West  in Houston Texas aiding residents with flood restoration.

Why is Hurricane Harvey such a big deal?

Hurricane Harvey is the country’s first major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma was stronger than Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, both part of the same storm season.

While Super storm Sandy in 2012 was one of the most destructive and costly in U.S. history, it hit the eastern seaboard as a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Matthew, in late 2016, had been downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it made landfall on the East Coast.

While the official death toll from Harvey sits at 40, officials expect it could rise.

The storm—considered a tropical depression with winds measuring about 35 mph—is still alive a week after making landfall over Rockport, Texas, and it’s still expected to dump large amounts of rain through Sunday as is travels northeast through Tennessee and Kentucky. Another storm, Hurricane Irma, is expected to hit Florida this week.

week.https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-response-news-stories/hurricane-harvey#why-care

The Process of Water Damage Restoration

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Dehumidifier and air mover on carpet Step 4. Drying and Dehumidification

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Denver West. A Representative will guide you through several questions that will help SERVPRO of Denver West Technicians respond to your water emergency quickly and efficiently. 
  2. After careful inspection of your property’s water damage, the type of water damage and affected areas are determined. An Effective plan of action is established.
  3. SERVPRO of Denver West uses specialized pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. Beginning the process as soon as possible helps to prevent mold growth.
  4. Specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers are then used to remove remaining water and moisture. 
  5. Technicians sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  6. The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Categories of Water Damage

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When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Aurora Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly.They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Three Categories of Water Damage

Clear Water

  • Sanitary Water 
  • Poses no major health risk
  • Source example: tub or sink overflows and appliance malfunctions that involve a water supply line 

Grey Water

  • Contanimated
  • Unsafe to consume
  • Contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants 
  • Source examples: toilet overflow and appliance malfunctions that involve a water supply line 

Black Water

  • Highly contaminated
  • Contains raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or toxic organic substances.
  • Source examples: sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage

Mold Growth

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What's causing the mold to grow? 

It could be a leaky pipe, humid basement or a hurricane that flooded your entire first floor. The size of the problem is less important than your ability to repair the source of moisture. Mold growth in a basement, attic or crawl space is relatively common.

An understanding of how mold grows in the home and the potential for adverse health effects has since changed the way people look at fungus, even if it's not causing you problems, you have to kill growing mold and reduce moisture levels to prevent its return.

Bigger disasters, such as hurricanes or a pipe burst, will likely require major remediation efforts, since surfaces exposed to moisture aren’t isolated. A flooded basement, for example, could see widespread mold growth.

Denver building boom

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  • The Downtown Denver Partnership’s most recent State of Downtown Denver report revealed that there is currently $2.47 billion worth of construction projects being planned (14 projects) or underway (18 projects) in the city, The Denver Post reported.
  • Projects include hotels (1,230 rooms), residential units (4,592) and office space (2.77 million). That level of construction dwarfs 2015’s hotel rooms (591), residential units (1,901) and 330,000 square feet of office space added — worth a total $634.7 million.
  • As downtown developers set their sights on adjacent pockets of available space for additional growth, Partnership officials said it’s important that they address housing affordability, workforce development and transportation challenges so that they can be "part of the solution and not a part of the problem."    http://www.constructiondive.com/news/denver-building-boom-accelerating-as-new-construction-reaches-25b/418988/

Colfax and Peoria makeover underway in Aurora

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

The bustling intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street will hardly resemble its hard-scrabble reputation in a few years.

Already long gone is the old Boll-e-Ana Motel west of Peoria, and several other longtime, dilapidated fixtures nearby are about to meet with a demolition crew.

“If I left today and came back five years from now I wouldn’t recognize that intersection,” said Ward I City Councilwoman Sally Mounier, who represents the area. “I just wouldn’t.”

Over just the last few months, the bustling intersection near the Anschutz Medical Campus has seen a flurry of activity. The Conoco station that sat for years at the northwest corner of Peoria and Colfax is gone, set to be replaced by a new 7-Eleven. http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/fax-and-peoria-makeover-underway-in-aurora/

Call and plan an ERP for your commercial build today!

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The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildfires?

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Typically, the answer is yes. Standard homeowners policies generally help protect against specific perils, or certain causes of loss, such as theft and fire, but coverage may vary by geographic location and by policy. You may also find that some insurers do not sell homeowners policies in areas where wildfires are common.

You'll likely find that homeowners insurance offers several different types of protection if your home is damaged by wildfire.

Dwelling: This type of protection helps cover your home and attached structures, such as a garage or deck. If your home is damaged by fire (or another covered peril), dwelling coverage may help pay for repairs or rebuilding — up to the limits of your policy.

Personal property: Belongings — things like furniture, clothing and electronics — are usually covered in a standard homeowners policy. Keep in mind that limits will apply, so you may want to review your policy and determine whether your personal property coverage limits are sufficient. Your local agent can help you make any changes or answer your questions.

Additional living expenses: Homeowners insurance may help cover the cost of reasonable increased living expenses, such as renting a home while your home is being repaired, if a fire leaves it uninhabitable. Check your policy or contact your agent to learn about any terms and coverage limits.

Landscaping: Homeowners insurance may offer limited coverage for plants, shrubs, trees or lawns damaged by a covered peril, such as fire, according to the American Institute of CPAs. Check your policy to learn what kind of protection it may offer for landscaping on your land.

 

What happens after a Fire?

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House Fire House Fire

Here are some major or minor fire recovery tips for houses and apartments.

A special thank you to the firemen, policemen, industry professionals, lawyers, insurance agents and people who gave us their time, insight and real-life advice.

  • Be safe, be smart.
  • Depending on the damage, the fire department may allow you to take your personal belongings (clothing, - jewelry, important documents). If you remove anything, you may have to fill out a form with the fire department listing each item. You will not be allowed to take certain items (i.e. couches, TVs, computers, appliances) as they may have caused the fire.
  • If your car is burned or very damaged by debris, do not start it or move it. Fire officials will tell you when you can move your car.
  • Ask an on-site fire official for a fire department contact in case of questions after the fire.
  • Ask for the approximate date and time for the initial walk-through of your property. For safety purposes, you MUST be escorted; this is especially true if there is structural damage.
    • If you are insured, you should call your agent about this walk-through. Have them contact SERVPRO of Denver West.

http://www.whathappensnow.com/getHelp.cfm?cat=2&sub=2

5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

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1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Advise from Farmers Insurance and SERVPRO Aurora

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home

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Flat Roofs

A flat roof, in theory, should be just as ‘good’ as a sloped roof but when things start going wrong, it can create a host of new problems that others just don’t.

Normally, in order to work properly, a flat roof should have a slight gradient to it. In other words, despite the name, flat roofs are not normally actually flat. A flat roof then is very slightly convex and that’s how it is able to gradually cause water to run off of it and into your gutters.

Gutters

Another common culprit when it comes to the causes of water damage is the gutter system. Normally, your gutters have the job of directing water away from your roof and away from your building more generally as it runs off the edges. This will work fine though until the gutters become blocked with debris such as leaves and branches and thus another dam forms.

Now the water will begin to overflow over the edges of the gutters and thus start running down the side of the house. You can spot this by looking at the paint on your walls – are there dirty water marks from rainwater that’s flooded out of the gutters?

Leaking Pipes

If you have a leaking pipe then this can often lead to destructive water damage in your home without your even being aware. The problem here is that the water can leak in a loft or under your floor boards and might just be a very subtle dripping. Thus it never gets extensive enough for you to notice but you nevertheless have constant dampness which leads to water damage and black mold.

Tornado Safety

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If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

https://eo.ucar.edu/kids/dangerwx/tornado5.htm

Flood Safety Tips

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  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.

  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Flood watch

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

    Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
  • Flood warning

    Flood Warning = "Take Action!"  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

    Steps to Take

    • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.

    • Evacuate if directed.

    • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away

https://www.ready.gov/floods

BEST OF COLORADO -SERVPRO of Denver West, Gold Medal Winner

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Best of Colorado Gold Medal Readers Choice, Best of Colorado Gold Medal. Best Cleaning & Restoration Company

Each year Colorado Customers vote for their favorite pizza, brewery, brunch, margaritas and almost every industry you can imagine. 

SERVPRO of Denver West is honored that they just earned the prestigious Gold Medal in the category "Best Cleaning & Restoration Company" BEST OF COLORADO READERS SURVEY

Within the last year the SERVPRO of Denver West franchise is under new ownership. It is noteworthy that the BOC Readers Choice Gold Medal aligns with the praise SERVPRO of Denver West has garnered from their recent and raving Customer Certificates of Satisfaction reports.

Residential Services

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. Our residential services include the following:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services 

Commercial Services

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you. Our commercial services include the following:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration 
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation 
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events 

https://www.SERVPRO.com/

Eight Ways a Home Improvement Project Can Affect Your Home Insurance

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Now that home improvement is at an all-time high, we figure now is a good time for us to tell you how your home projects just might be affecting your home insurance. HomeAdvisor has indicated that the number of homeowners that have completed 2 repairs or renovations on their home have increased by a multiple of twelve between 2015 and 2016.


Despite the obvious perks from doing repairs and renovations on your house, failure to consider the future impacts this can have on your insurance can be detrimental. So below we’ve listed 8 things you need to know before getting to work.



  • Home Replacement Cost


After completing your home improvement project, the cost to replace your home may rise. So make sure you have the right coverage limits in place to protect your property in case of an event.



  • Builders Risk Policies


Buying a builders risk policy can be very beneficial to you, especially on the bigger projects. Builders risk insurance offers protection for your home as well as all the building materials and equipment during new construction. A huge plus with this coverage is it also protects you from damage caused by weather and unforeseen risk.



  • “Attractive Nuisance”


Depending on the size of your project, you’re going to need a construction site, and with construction sites come noise and hazards. Attractive nuisances commonly cause home insurance rates to rise and can be a liability to the homeowner. Just make sure you are doing everything you can to eliminate these dangers.



  • Protecting  Personal Items


Protecting your belongings is always a smart thing to do. Make sure you speak with your insurance provider about what coverage you’ll need for personal property while your project is going on.


 



  • Unforeseen issues


Issues that are beyond your control such as weather or crime can really put a stop on your project. Getting builders risk insurance will help protect you aginst any of this.



  • Storage of Property


During you home renovations, putting your belongings in storage isn’t a bad idea. Finding temporary storage for you items or asking a family member is your best bet. Make sure you notify your insurance agent to ensure your personal property is still being protected.



  • Building Codes


The money you spend bringing you house up to code is another thing to consider. Think about looking for a home insurance policy the feature building codes coverage if you plan to do a lot of home improvements



  • Permits


Permits are very important if you are going to be building. Contractors will usually pick up permits before they begin a project. If you decide to go the solo route and do it yourself, make sure you check with the city or town government to find out what you need.


Always remember to contact your insurance agent if you have any questions about how a home improvement project may affect your insurance rates.

Avoiding furnace repairs during the coldest days in Colorado

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Nobody likes being uncomfortable, especially when it’s -8 degrees and your furnace goes out. Then you have to make that painful call to your expensive repair man, who can only work on the furnace while you’re at home. Oh, let’s not forget those pesky Holiday or after hour fees they charge. So now you’re stuck in a freezing house in the middle of winter with no heat, which is not only uncomfortable, but can also be dangerous. Everyone says hindsight is 20/20, so here are a couple of tips you could have used to help prevent this unfortunate situation.

  • Keep An Eye On Your Furnace’s Air Filter

The air filter for the furnace is there for just that, to filter out the dirt, dust and debris from your home, and when this filter gets over used, it reduces the amount of air flowing into your system. In turn, this causes a negative impact on your system and starts to make it work harder, making it more vulnerable to those costly breakdowns and running up your energy bill. It’s always smart to change your furnace filter every one to three months.

  • Make Sure You're Keeping Your HVAC System Free of Debris

As previously mentioned, dirt and debris can block airflow and can cause a system to shut down. So making sure the area around your furnace is clean and clear is a must. Also, occasionally checking your air vents to make sure they are open and unblocked by furniture that can impede the heat coming into rooms is a good habit to get into. Contact SERVPRO of Aurora to schedule your HVAC system cleaning now.

  • Have Your HVAC System Maintained Regularly

Having your HVAC system maintained by a professional who can spot and stop problems not only saves money by avoiding major issues, but also allows your system to run more efficiently ending up with lower energy bills. Ultimately, the visit of the maintenance visit will pay for itself through less money towards bills, fewer repairs and a longer lasting furnace.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Walls in home Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Denver West for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 303-576-6868

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

floded kitchen This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Aurora basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 303-576-6868

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Denver West and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 303-576-6868

Where do most house fires come from?

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

kitchen pan of grease on fire Kitchen fires are nothing to joke about. Help yourself and your family members stay safe by following these simple steps.

Do you know what the number one cause of house fires is? If you guessed cooking incidents then you'd be correct. These incidents are usually brought on by leaving a pot or pan unattended while you run and do something for "just a minute." According to the NFPA, %40 of all fires, or on average 156,600 per year are started this way. There is a (57%) of a fire starting on a range compared to in the oven (16%) due to frying. 

Wandering if there's anything you can do to prevent becoming one of these 156,00 house fires a year? Well keep reading, SERVPRO of Denver West has your back.

-Make sure you are always alert and never leave your food unattended while it is cooking.

-Make sure you smoke detectors are working and you have a fire extinguisher close by.

-NEVER throw water on a grease fire, it will only spread it faster. Instead put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.

-If the fire starts in your oven, simply turn it off and keep the oven door closed until the fire is out.

-Always keep anything burnable like clothing or towels away from fires. 

For Immediate Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and water surrounding the globe

SERVPRO of Denver West provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 303-576-6868

Residential Services

Whether your  home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your  commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Home

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm Logo We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Denver West is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Among being IICRC certified, here are some more certifications of SERVPRO of Denver West

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded restaurant Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit your town, SERVPRO is ready!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

lightning storm When Storms or Floods hit your town, SERVPRO is ready

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit , we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Denver West on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Does Your Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (303) 576-6868

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fireman putting out a large fire Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Aurora Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Denver West will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (303) 576-6868

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Green Servpro Cleaning truck SERVPRO of Denver West provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Aurora

SERVPRO of Denver West is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (303) 576-6868

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Denver West has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Denver West

SERVPRO of Denver West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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